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11 killed in Indonesia church bombings

Jakarta, May 13: At least 11 people, including a suicide bomber, were killed and 41 injured on Sunday in bomb attacks on three churches in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, police said. Two police officers were among the injured after a series of explosions took place in the morning during Sunday service, Efe quoted East Java police spokesperson Frans Barung Mangera as saying. The first explosion took place in Surabaya’s Santa Maria church, killing four people, including the suicide bomber. Almost immediately afterwards, there were explosions in a protestant church on the Diponegoro street, where two people were killed, and another one at a pentecostal church on Arjuno street, where another two people died. Another person died later in a hospital in Surabaya. The police are yet to release details of the other two victims. The bomb disposal squad diffused another bomb outside the Diponegoro church. Hundreds of police and anti-terrorism squad personnel have been deployed to the attack sites, while broken glass and burned vehicles paved the road outside the churches. (IANS)

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