Indonesians Pay Respect to the Victims and Heroes of Surabaya Bombings

Charlene Craig
May 15, 2018

No fatality among the police officers but four were injured.

The girl was with two other adult attackers on a motorcycle and was thrown out of the moving vehicle but survived, police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said.

In Surabaya, Indonesia, a family has involved an 8-year-old girl, in a suicide bomb attack in order to settle scores with an opposition.

Ucanews.com reported that early on 14th May, a family of five, including three children, carried out a suicide bombing on two motorcycles at police headquarters in East Java's provincial capital, Surabaya, police said.

As of Monday night, the number of fatalities from a series of bombings in Surabaya and Sidoarjo had risen to 28 people, 13 of whom were suicide bombers or their children.

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Authorities said that the unnamed family returned home from Syria, where the ISIS continue to wreak havoc and terror.

All told, 25 people have died since Sunday including a total of 13 militants and their children.

Using women and children in militant attacks has always been a tactic deployed in other countries - Nigerian terror group Boko Haram often uses children as suicide bombers.

"For the kids, I think this is craziness", said Taufik Andrie, who runs an Indonesian institute that helps rehabilitate former militants ready to rejoin society.

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Security remained tight around police buildings Tuesday in Surabaya, Indonesia's second-largest city.

At least 26 people were killed and dozens more injured in the multiple suicide bombings, the deadliest terrorist strike in Indonesia in more than a decade. All six members of the family were killed. Its leaders were killed in police raids and hundreds of militants were arrested.

The mother also participated in the attack alongside their daughters, aged 12 and 9.

Yesterday, a counter-terrorism source told The Straits Times that a key reason why male militants are willing to sacrifice their wives and children in their "martyrdom" was because they did not want their surviving spouse and children being placed in deradilcalisation programmes after their death. "While the father Dita Oepriarto, detonated a vehicle bomb outside a third church".

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