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Indonesia: Several injured in church suicide bombing


A Catholic cathedral in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province was rocked by a suicide bombing on Sunday, police said.
The blast, in the city of Makassar, wounded 14 people including church workers and worshippers, officials said.
They added that two suicide bombers were likely responsible.
The congregation had been inside the church at the time of the explosion, South Sulawesi police spokesman E. Zulpan told Reuters.
“We see that there are victims and parts of human bodies have been torn apart. We do not know yet whether they are from the perpetrator or from the people who were close by,” he said.
Kompas TV broadcast video footage purportedly showing the moment the explosion happened.
Father Wilhemus Tulak, a priest at the church, told local media that the suspected bomber tried to enter the church grounds on a motorbike, but had been stopped by a security guard.
He said some of those wounded were in serious condition.
Police did not say who might be responsible for the apparent attack and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Makassar is Indonesia’s fifth-largest urban center after Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung and Medan, with a population of 1.5 million.

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