Children injured in church attack
SEVERAL children were injured when a man threw Molotov cocktails at a church during a Sunday service in Indonesia, police said.
They were playing in the parking area of the church on Indonesia’s Borneo island when the man threw the bombs from his motorbike.
It was the latest attack in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country against a minority group in Indonesia, which is home to significant numbers of Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.
“The man passed by the church and threw what we suspected was low-explosive cocktail bombs, causing light injuries on four children who were playing there,” police spokesperson Fajar Setiawan told AFP.
The attacker, who was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the word “jihad”, has been captured and an investigation is under way, police said.
The motive of the attack was still unclear, Mr Setiawan said, but the church as well as a mosque where the man went before the incident had been cordoned off.
In August, an Indonesian teenager who was obsessed with the Islamic State group stabbed a priest in a church and tried to detonate a homemade bomb.
In July an Islamic State-linked suicide bomber targeted a police station on Java island, causing minor injuries to one officer.
A suicide bombing and gun attack in the Indonesian capital in January, claimed by IS, killed four attackers and four civilians. –