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At least two killed, 13 injured in blast at a church

At least two killed, 13 injured in blast at a church

At least two people have been killed and 13 others injured in bomb attacks, including a suicide blast, targeting churches in Indonesia's second biggest city, Surabaya.

Televised eyewitness reports suggested that one suicide bomber was a veiled woman with a couple of children in tow.

Note that the deadly explosions all reportedly occurred within 10 minutes of each other with the first explosion reportedly at 7.30 am local time (00:30 GMT).

The St. Maria explosion killed four people and two people were killed at each of the other two churches, the spokesman said.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country with more than 82% of its roughly 260,500,000 people following Islam.

This is a developing story.

Police experts disarmed two unexploded bombs at the Gereja Pantekosta Pusat Surabaya (Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church), which was also hit by a live blast.

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One person died in a hospital, bringing the death toll to eight, police said. The dead included one or more bombers, officials said.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for that incident although police rejected its involvement.

Television images showed toppled motorcycles and debris scattered around the entrance of one church and police cordoning off areas as crowds gathered.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, Indonesia's intelligence agency suspects an Islamic State-inspired group by the name of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah and not Islamic State itself.

Almost 90 percent of Indonesia's 260 million people are Muslim, but there are significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.

In recent years the Asian nation has been fighting against radical extremism as ISIS attempts to recruit members within the country.

The U.S. blames JAD for a suicide bombing and gun attack in Jakarta in January 2016 that left four people dead and 25 injured.

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