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Fourteen injured in suspected suicide blast at Indonesian church

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dpa/GNA – A suspected suicide bombing that injured 14 people outside a church in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province on Sunday morning was carried out by two people, police said.

“There were two perpetrators. We are still in the process of identifying them from body parts found at the scene. It is likely that one of the suicide bombers was a woman,” provincial police spokesman Zulfan said.

Two people were trying to enter the gate of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in the provincial capital, Makassar, on a motorcycle when they were stopped by security guards, national police spokesman Argo Yuwono said.

Argo said 14 people were injured in the attack, including three security guards at the church.

Provincial police chief Merdisyam earlier said that four worshippers were among the injured.

The explosion at 10.28 am (0328 GMT) was likely to have been of “high intensity,” the police chief said.

“The service had finished and worshippers were coming out of the church,” he said at a news conference.

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President Joko Widodo and the Indonesian Council of Muslim Scholars condemned the attack.

“I strongly condemn these acts of terrorism and I have ordered the police chief to thoroughly investigate the perpetrators’ networks and uncover the networks,” the president said, adding that terrorism is a crime against humanity and has nothing to do with any religious teachings.

Council deputy chairman Anwar Abbas said in a statement that the attack was a heinous act that violated the tenets of any religion.

“We call on authorities to apprehend the perpetrators and mastermind of the attack,” he added.

The Indonesian Communion of Churches urged Christians to remain calm.

“I call on all members of the community not to be afraid and restless,” chairman Gomar Gultom said. “Please pray for our safety.”

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