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Indonesia: Six dead, dozens injured in church attacks

“There have been three attacks at three churches,” East Java Police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said. The deadly blasts all occurred within 10 minutes of each other, police said, with the first explosion at 7.30 am. Police have only given details of one attack on Santa Maria Catholic Church and there have not yet been any claims of responsibility.

“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 said. “In total 13 people are being treated at the hospital.” Indonesia is home to significant numbers of Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists but there are concerns over rising intolerance.

Extremists have mounted a series of attacks against Christians and other minorities in recent years. Indonesian police shot and wounded a man who attacked a church congregation in Sleman town with a sword during Sunday Mass in February. The radical Islamist, who had wanted to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria, injured four people. 

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