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Terrorist attack on Indonesian church kills infant

Indonesian police stand guard near a church in Samarinda, attacked by a terrorist on November 13, 2016 - REUTERS

Indonesian police stand guard near a church in Samarinda, attacked by a terrorist on November 13, 2016 - REUTERS

14/11/2016 15:44

Indonesian police on Monday arrested five people in connection with an Islamic militant's attack on Sunday on a ‎church on the island of Borneo that killed one infant and injured three. ‎ East Kalimantan police spokesman Fajar Setiawan said 2-year-old Ade Intan Marbun died on Monday from complications after suffering burns to more than three quarters of her body.  President Joko Widodo said that “the bomb case in Samarinda has to be investigated thoroughly.”

The attacker, identified by police as Johanda a 32-year-old former terror convict from the West Java town of Bogor, who on Sunday threw a Molotov cocktail from a motorcycle as he rode past Oikumene Church in Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan province.  The man was captured by locals after jumping into a nearby river. TV footage showed the injured man lying on the deck of a motorboat. He was wearing a black shirt emblazoned with the words ``Jihad, Way of Life.''   National police spokesman Maj. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said the suspect had been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison over a 2011 attack and was released in July 2014. He moved to East Kalimantan about a year ago.

It was the second explosion at a church in Indonesia this year. In August, a would-be suicide bomber failed to detonate a bomb during Sunday Mass in a church in Medan, the provincial capital of North Sumatra, but he managed to injure a priest with an axe before being restrained.  Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has carried out a crackdown on militant networks since the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.  (Source: Reuter, AP...)

14/11/2016 15:44