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Al-Azhar condemns deadly churches attack in Indonesia

Al-Azhar condemns deadly churches attack in Indonesia

Egypt condemned on Monday the terrorist attack in Indonesia that targeted a police station and said it wished a speedy recovery for the injured, the foreign ministry announced.

An eight-year-old girl from the family survived the attack and was taken to hospital, while her mother, father and two brothers died in the blast, he said.

Later in the day, police said another family attempted to carry out an attack the Surabaya suburb of Sidoarjo.

Karnavian said the father of the family that carried out the church bombings was head of the Surabaya cell of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, an Indonesian militant network affiliated with IS that has been implicated in attacks in Indonesia in the past year.

The attack on Monday wounded at least ten people, and came a day after a wave of deadly attacks on three churches killed at least 13 people.

Oepriarto reportedly drove a bomb-laden van into the city's Pentecostal church, while Kuswati and her daughters attacked the Christian Church of Diponegoro; the sons reportedly drove a motorbike into the grounds of Santa Maria Church and detonated bombs there, according to Reuters.

"If he had not stopped the bombers, there would have been more victims (inside the church)", he said. Police blamed an Islamic State-inspired network.

ISIS has claimed guilt for the attacks, reports The Jakarta Post.

Police clashed with rioting inmates at the facility near Jakarta last Tuesday. Based on their remains, Karnavian said the mother and daughters were all wearing explosives around their waists.

Imam Mohammad Tawhidi warns terrorists are more likely to launch attacks during Ramadan.

"In Syria, the Islamic State (in Iraq and Syria) has used children several times in their attacks", Gen Tito told reporters in the press conference.

"(The Secretary General) reiterates the support of the United Nations to the Government and people of Indonesia in their efforts to fight and prevent terrorism and violent extremism, including through the promotion of pluralism, moderation and tolerance", the statement said.

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