JAKARTA, Indonesia-At least six people were killed, including a suicide bomber, in attacks at three churches in Surabaya, Indonesia, on Sunday, police said.
According to the representative of police of East Java by Frans Barunga mangery the first explosion took place in Surabaya, near the Catholic Church of St. Mary at 7 am (3:00 Kiev time).
Police ordered the temporary closure of all churches in Surabaya on Sunday, and a large food festival in the city was cancelled. It was not clear if any other perpetrators were among those killed or injured. Another two died in a third attack at the city's Pantekosta Church, Mangera said. "Police have arrested a man who was about to attack the fourth Congregational Church, the attack was broken", - quotes the edition the statement of the Deputy mayor of Surabaya, Wisnu Sakti Buana. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility. Almost 90 percent of Indonesians are Muslim, but the country is also home to sizeable communities of Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, and people who adhere to traditional beliefs.
The attacks come several days after five Indonesian police officers and an inmate were killed in clashes at a high-security jail on the outskirts of Jakarta.
Indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since bombings by al-Qaida-affiliated radicals in Bali in 2002 killed 202 people.
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A sustained crackdown weakened the most risky networks but the emergence of IS has proved a potent new rallying cry for radicals.
The most serious incident was in January 2016 when four suicide bombers and gunmen attacked a shopping area in central Jakarta.
Dozens of others were injured in the attacks, which occurred within minutes of each other.
Churches have also been targeted previously, including near-simultaneous attacks on churches there at Christmas in 2000 that killed about 20 people. According to the latest data, 8 people died and more than 40 were injured.