Two suicide bombers believed to be members of an Islamist militant group attacked a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar today, Sunday 28th March – the first day of the Easter Holy Week, wounding 20 people, police said.
The two suspects were the only fatalities while others have only been wounded.
Listyo Sigit Prabowo – the police chief said that the bombers were both believed to belong to the Islamic State-inspired Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which is suspected of suicide attacks on churches and a police post that killed at least 30 people in the city of Surabaya in 2018.
In an online interview, Joko Widodo – the President of Indonesia rebuked this act of terrorism and urged the people of the country to remain calm and also that the government would ensure everyone would be able to worship without from here on out.
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Ot was further reported that the suspects had tried to enter the church premises with a motorcycle. Security footage showed a burst of flames and destroyed materials thrown onto the middle of the road and heavy smoke and dust followed suit.
Makassar – the biggest city on the island of Sulawesi depicts the religious grounding of Indonesia. Which is undeniably the largest Muslim-harboring country in the world yet also is very accommodating to other religious beliefs such as the Christianity among other religions.
“Whatever the motive is, this act isn’t justified by any religion because it harms not just one person but others, too,”Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas
Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the attack.
Head of the Indonesian Council of Churches – Gomar Gultom, explained the attack as a “cruel incident” as Christians were celebrating Palm Sunday, and urged people to remain calm and trust the authorities.