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Indonesia: Suicide Bombers Attack South Sulawesi Church On Palm Sunday


Fourteen people have been injured and one
suicide bomber was killed in a terrorist attack in a Roman
Catholic church in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia right
after Palm Sunday mass.

“Thank God that no
Christians died in the attack”, brother Sam*, Open
Doors’ coordinator for the work in South East Asia, says.
“But some believers have been severely wounded, and all
present have been traumatized. Their lives will never be the
same. We ask the worldwide Church to pray for their brothers
and sisters in Makassar.”

The Palm Sunday explosion
occurred at 10:28am (AEDT 1:28pm) Sunday 28th March as
worshippers were on their way home from mass. Police say the
suspects are two men on motorbikes. A priest from the church
tells
local media
that one bomber tried to enter the church
but was stopped by a guard.

According to a Channel
News Asia report,
five church staff members and four worshippers are among the
wounded. They say there were few people attending mass due
to COVID-19 restrictions.

The police have not yet
pinned down the attack on any group, and no group has yet
claimed responsibility for the attacks. Indonesia is no
stranger to terrorist attacks. Just four months ago, four
Christians were murdered in Sigi, Indonesia by Islamic
extremists. And in 2018, police blamed ISIL-connected groups
for a church
suicide attack in Surabaya
that killed 30
people.

“In Indonesia, the situation for Christians
has been deteriorating in recent years, with Indonesian
society taking on a more conservative Islamic character,”
says Brother Sam. “Christians who grew up in a Muslim home
often experience persecution from their families. At the
same time, Islamic militants carry out attacks from time to
time. Many share the ideology or are even affiliated with
global terrorist movements such as Islamic State and
Al-Qaeda.”
 

Open Doors has local partners
on site to do fact finding and assess the needs of the
Christians. Brother Sam continues “It’s important that
we come alongside when they are suffering. They must know
that they are not alone.”

*Name changed for security
purposes.

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