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Indonesian policemen patrol outside a church following a suicide bomb in Surabaya

In May previous year, suicide attacks which killed three policemen and wounded a dozen more at a busy Jakarta bus station were also claimed by IS.

Mangera, the Surabaya police spokesman, said police responded about 9 p.m.to an explosion in a residential building in Sidoarjo, a district bordering Surabaya.

"They have trained in order to attack police", Wasisto said, identifying the militants as members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah.

The Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the attack over their Aamaq news agency network although they only mention three attackers.

According to reports, the mother and her two daughters were involved in a suicide attack at a church, while the father and his two sons attacked two more churches. Based on their remains, Karnavian said the mother and daughters were all wearing explosives around their waists.

"The husband drove the vehicle, an Avanza, that contained explosives and rammed it into the gate in front of that church", East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told reporters at the regional police headquarters in Surabaya.

The attacks occurred within minutes of each other, according to Surabaya police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera.

Forensic evidence indicates the bombs were attached to the attackers' bodies, Karnavian said.

"We have confirmed one died at the scene, one died at the hospital, two police officers were injured and there are some civilians injured", Mangera added. A bomb squad conducted a controlled explosion of the devices, he said.

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"Together we invoke the God of peace (asking him) to cease these violent actions and (to make sure) that in the heart of all there could be a space not feelings of hatred and violence, but of reconciliation and fraternity".

Militants there have retreated from territory lost in recent months to USA -backed offensives and gains by the Syrian government.

"These attacks on peaceful worshipers are an affront to the tolerance and diversity embraced by Indonesians".

Guterres expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and wished a swift recovery to those injured.

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, has seen a recent resurgence in homegrown militancy and police said the family who carried out Sunday's attacks were among 500 Islamic State sympathizers who had returned from Syria. More than 82% of its roughly 261 million people follow Islam.

In a nation of around 260,500,000 people, around 10 percent of the population is Christian.

In recent years, Indonesia has been confronting ISIS attempts to recruit members in the country.

The two young men - aged 16 and 18 - attacked first, riding their motorcycles into Santa Maria Catholic Church before detonating the bombs they were carrying. The ISIS has attributed authorship of attacks in a statement disseminated through its propaganda agency, Amaq. More recently, ISIS has carried out suicide bombings in Jakarta and tried to recruit people to join its growing movement in Southeast Asia.

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