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Indonesia: Several injured in church suicide bombing

Newlywed suicide bombers have struck outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Palm Sunday, injuring more than a dozen people. President Widodo said he "strongly condemned this act of terror."

A Catholic church in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province was rocked by a suicide bombing on Sunday, authorities said.

The blast in the city of Makassar wounded at least 14 people including church workers and worshippers.

Police chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo said the attackers were members of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an extremist group also blamed for a deadly church bombing in the Indonesian city of Surabaya in 2018.

"There were two perpetrators killed, one is a man and another one is a woman," Prabowo said. "They're members of the JAD group."

The police said that those who carried out the attack were a newlywed couple that belonged to the local branch of JAD. The couple were only identified by their initials, L and his wife, YSF. They were between the ages of 23 and 26 years old, neighbors told the Associated Press.

Police carried out DNA tests from relatives to determine the attackers' identity.

 

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