6 dead, 35 injured after terrorists attack three churches

A bomb exploded at church in Indonesia's Surabaya City in East Java

Local police were also investigating whether there was an explosion at a fourth church, media reported.

East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera confirmed the deaths of 11 people with 41 injured after three churches were hit by apparently coordinated attacks around 7:30 am (0030 GMT).

Police only gave details of the attack on Santa Maria catholic church.

He said two police officers were among a total of 40 wounded.

Police stand guard near the site of a blast at the Pentecost Church Central Surabaya (GPPS), in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia May 13, 2018.

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No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Indonesia, the most populous Muslim-majority country, has seen a resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent months.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, Reuters reports, though the wire service says the communications director of Indonesia's intelligence agency, Wawan Purwanto, suspects the group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) is responsible.

The blasts came four days after inmates killed five police officers during a revolt at a police detention center near Jakarta.

President Joko Widodo was due to visit the wounded in Surabaya on Sunday, police said, while Indonesia's foreign minister Retno Masudi condemned the attacks.

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In 2000 bombs disguised as Christmas gifts delivered to churches and clergymen killed 19 people on Christmas Eve and injured scores more across the country.

The St. Maria explosion killed four people and two people were killed at each of the other two churches, the spokesman said.

Indonesia is home to significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists but there are concerns over rising intolerance.

This is an ongoing part of life in Indonesia.

It was the first major attack in Jakarta since Jemaah Islamiyah's 2009 simultaneous attacks on the J.W. Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels, which left seven people dead.

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