Surabaya attacks: Family of five bomb Indonesia police headquarters


A suicide bombing at a police headquarters in the Indonesian city of Surabaya on Monday was carried out by a family of five riding on two motorbikes, police say.

It came after another family carried out bomb attacks on three churches on Sunday, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.

An eight-year-old girl survived the latest attack, police say.

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.

The archipelago, home to 260 million people, has seen a resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent months, and the attacks in Surabaya have raised concerns about the potency of jihadist networks.

Video footage of the latest attack on the police headquarters shows two motorbikes approaching a checkpoint just before the blast. Six civilians and four police officers were injured, authorities said.

What preceded the latest attack?

Indonesia was on high alert after bombings on Sunday by a single family targeted three churches in Surabaya.

A mother and two daughters, aged nine and 12, blew themselves up at Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church, while the father and two sons targeted two others.

In the first attack, the sons – aged 16 and 18 – rode motorcycles into Santa Maria Catholic Church at around 07:30 local time (00:30 GMT) and detonated explosives they were carrying.

After reportedly dropping his wife and daughters off to carry out their attack, the father, Dita Oepriarto, drove his own bomb-laden car into the grounds of Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church, police said.


Authorities originally said the family of six were among hundreds of Indonesians who had returned from conflict-hit Syria but have since said that the family did not actually travel there.

The coordinated attacks killed 13 people and injured more than 40. They were the deadliest bombings in Indonesia in more than a decade.

Police say Oepriarto was the head of local branch of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an Indonesian IS-inspired network.


4 replies

  1. Reblogged this on Progressive Islam. and commented:
    Rafiq!—- is it a Power Game or polical Game as you think always?

    What did this Family motivate to kill innocent Christian and kill their all kids? The Power, political things, religion?

    I strongly believe that his religion or idol ( Hadith) commanded him to kill Christian as many as possible and then God will reward them paradise. He strongly believe in his idol ( Hadith( —that is why he killed innocent people.

    How dangerous the book of Hadith is? The book of Hadith has cause suffering of million lifes since 200 years Prophet Muhammad pbuh died.

    I always urge Ahmadiyyah to lead Muslim around the world to remove all violent Hadith from the Islamic teaching— otherwise this barbaric killing will continue—

    All love ❤️

    • There is absolutely no proof that this family even knows any hadith. Of all past suicide bombers that we came across they were mostly mental cases. There was one in Jordan who survived the planned suicide bombing. She joined the suicide bombers because her husband had been killed / murdered. No link to any hadith. Other stories are similar. I do not know yet the story of this ‘family of bombers’. It is really terrible. But still, so far no hint to any ‘hadith’. Mental cases all of them. Anyway, let’s follow the News and see what will come up.

      • The so-called Islamic State is a criminal terrorist group who wants to create chaos and disturbance. A criminal mind is behind it, not a Hadith scholar.

  2. Somi does not understand that ahadiths are saying of the Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) not some sort of idol.In the Quran it say to obey Allah and his messenger meaning we should obey the Quran,God’s word and ahadith,the word Holy prophet of God.Hadihs are categorized into three categories authentic,strong, and weak.If any hadith goes against Quran we reject this is why you should follow the Quran and the hadiths in the light of the Quran

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