6 dead, 35 injured after terrorists attack three churches

A damaged motorbike is seen at the scene outside a church following a suicide bomb in Surabaya

A damaged motorbike is seen at the scene outside a church following a suicide bomb in Surabaya

At least eleven people were killed and dozens injured in suicide bomb attacks on three churches in Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya.

Members of police bomb squad inspect wreckage of motorcycles at the site where an explosion went off outside a church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.

Citing East Java Police, Agence France-Presse reported that the three explosions happened within 10 minutes of each other.

"Do not believe in misleading information that (the bomb) exploded in five locations or any others", the police spokesman added.

There have not yet been any claims of responsibility.

The attack on a district packed with malls, embassies and United Nations offices left around 20 others injured. A police official also said the attackers included a veiled woman who had two children with her.

Police told media the attacks were carried out by "suicide bombers" and that at least two people were killed and 13 were wounded in the blasts.

The wave of bombings follows a riot by convicted terrorists who captured and executed five police officers and guards at a maximum-security prison on the outskirts of Jakarta.

Minorities targeted by extremists: Indonesia is a predominantly Muslim country, but it is also home to significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.

Almost 90 percent of Indonesia's 260 million people are Muslim, but there are significant numbers of minority Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.

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.

Three more people were wounded in a third attack, Mangera said.

A sustained crackdown weakened the most risky networks but the emergence of IS has proved a potent new rallying cry for radicals.

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