What can be called a classic horror movie happened in Indonesia when members of the same family struck a church in Indonesia second largest city during what was described as a coordinated suicide bomb attack.
A husband and wife identified as Dita Oepriarto and Puji Kuswati used their four children to carry out an attack on the church leaving about 13 people dead according to the country’s police officers.
Speaking on the incident, Gen Tito Karnavial revealed the family included two daughters aged 9 and 12.
The girls were present when their mother detonated the bomb while the two teenage sons carried out attack on another church.
He reportedly dropped off his wife, Puji Kuswati, and their two daughters at Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church, where they blew themselves up. The girls – aged 9 and 12 – had bombs strapped to them, as did their mother.
Oepriarto then drove off, launching his own bomb-laden car into the grounds of Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church, police said.
The sons – aged 16 and 18 – rode motorcycles into Santa Maria Catholic Church, and detonated explosives they were carrying. It was their attack that came first, at around 07:30 local time (00:30 GMT). The other two attacks followed five minutes apart, police said.
National police chief Tito Karnavian said they belonged to an IS-inspired network, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).
The Islamic State group has claimed the attacks, which killed at least 13 people on Sunday and left 41 people, including two police officers wounded.
The bombings are the deadliest in Indonesia in more than a decade, and also left more than 40 people injured.
Visiting the scene of one of the attacks, President Joko Widodo described them as “barbaric”, adding that he had ordered police to “look into and break up networks of perpetrators”.