54 bombs found in home of Surabaya Police HQ suicide bomber

Anti-terror policemen stand guard near coffins at a police hospital in Surabaya, Indonesia May 15, 2018.
PHOTO: Reuters

The National Police's Densus 88 counterterrorism squad found during a Tuesday night raid a total of 54 pipe bombs at the home of Tri Murtiono, the man who had led his family in a suicide bombing of the Surabaya Police headquarters on Monday.

The homemade explosives were all active and ready to be detonated, said Surabaya Police chief Sr. Comr. Rudi Setiawan

 "We have found a number of active bombs. Those 54 [bombs] are being disposed [detonated]," Rudi confirmed, adding that the explosives had been stored in 27 containers.

Tri and his wife Tri Ernawati had brought their three children along to their attack on the Surabaya Police headquarters. One child survived and is currently being treated for her injuries.

The bombing followed a string of terror attacks on churches in the East Java provincial capital on Sunday. The family involved Sunday's bombings are believed to have studied in the same Quran group as Tri and his family.

13 dead, 40 injured in Indonesia church attacks

  • A family of six including two young daughters staged suicide bombings at three Indonesian churches during Sunday services,
  • killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.
  • The bombings at three churches in Surabaya were Indonesia's deadliest for years, as the world's biggest Muslim-majority country grapples with homegrown militancy and rising intolerance towards religious minorities.
  • The church bombers -- a mother and father, two daughters aged nine and 12, and two sons aged 16 and 18 --
  • were linked to local extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) which supports IS, said national police chief Tito Karnavian.
  • Local media reports say they may have returned from Syria, where hundreds of Indonesians have flocked in recent years to fight alongside IS in its bid to carve out a caliphate ruled by strict Islamic law.
  • The mother, identified as Puji Kuswati, and her two daughters were wearing niqab face veils and had bombs strapped to their waists as they entered the grounds of the Kristen Indonesia Diponegoro Church and blew themselves up, Karnavian said.
  • The father, JAD cell leader Dita Priyanto, drove a bomb-laden car into the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church while his sons rode motorcycles into Santa Maria church, where they detonated explosives they were carrying, Karnavian said.
  • Karnavian said Sunday's church attacks may have been revenge for the arrest of some of JAD's leaders and for the prison crisis which eventually saw the surrender of the radical inmates.
  • President Joko Widodo called for Indonesians to "unite against terrorism". "The state will not tolerate this act of cowardice," he told reporters in Surabaya.
  • East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera confirmed the deaths of 13 people in the church bombings, with about 40 injured in the coordinated attacks
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