Terror is a family affair for ISIS-linked militant groups in Indonesia

A Surabaya police office is the latest target in a series of bombings in Surabaya and neighbouring Sidoarjo

A Surabaya police office is the latest target in a series of bombings in Surabaya and neighbouring Sidoarjo

But on Sunday, they fanned out with suicide bombs attached to themselves and their children, attacking three churches.

Churches have also been targeted previously, including near-simultaneous attacks on churches there at Christmas in 2000 that killed about 20 people.

Christian leaders called for unity following a spate of suicide bombings that targeted three churches, an apartment building and the police headquarters in Indonesia's second city, the deadliest attacks in more than a decade. The country has been relatively quiet in recent years after major cells connected to larger organized groups were stamped out.

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Indonesia's latest wave of terrorist bombings, the worst since 2009, have killed at least 14 people.

But observers say that there is certainly a whiff of ISIS in the strikes on the churches and the local police station by two families, as well as the plot that was botched up by a third family in nearby Sidoarjo after their bombs exploded prematurely.

Rininta Fisca Wardhani, a postgraduate student at Surabaya's Airlangga University, said she is concerned about the possibility of another bombing incident, as her house is located in front of a big church. They indoctrinated their children in various ways at the meetings, including showing violent jihadist videos, East Java police chief Machfud Arifin said.

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"I am trying to ignore broadcast messages on Whatsapp or other social media outlets ordering people to stay away from certain places in the city, because they are spreading fear. Now if you go to the airport, there's a tight security check, and even if you go to some housing areas and malls they are also conducting security checks", Michelle said.

"Following the attack, people are more cautious". "If you don't get this thing right, then you are going to get more and more terrorist attacks in the coming months and years".

Neighbors said there were no signs members of the family were planning the acts of violence that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo condemned as "barbaric" and "beyond humanity". "I think it's the rising radicalization and growing intolerance of Indonesia", Singh said.

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The JAD loyalists behind this week's back-to-back strikes on churches and the police, and last Tuesday's hostage situation at a detention centre in Depok continues to pose a clear and present danger to Indonesia, and possibly its close neighbours. "The danger of Indonesia is in the next five to 10 years".

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