Surabaya church attacks leave several dead

Bombings in Indonesian churches has killed two

Televised eyewitness reports suggested that one suicide bomber was a veiled woman with a couple of children in tow.

The three blasts all occurred within 10 minutes of each other, police said, with the first explosion at 7:30 am (0030 GMT).

Authorities are also investigating whether there was another explosion at a fourth church.

"Nine people are dead and 40 are in hospital", East Java Police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera told reporters, adding that two police officers were among the injured.

Indonesia has seen "current resurgence in homegrown militancy", the wire service reported.

This is a developing story.

The latest attacks in predominantly Muslim Indonesia came days after police ended a riot and hostage-taking at a detention centre near Jakarta that left five dead.

The explosions targeted the Santa Maria Catholic Church, the Indonesian Christian Church and the Pentecost Central Church.

The attacks may have been carried out by suicide bombers, although none of the terrorist groups has claimed the responsibility of the attacks yet.

In 2000 bombs disguised as Christmas gifts delivered to churches and clergymen killed 19 people on Christmas Eve and injured scores more across the country.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the Sunday bombings in Indonesia's second-biggest city Surabaya.

The deadly blasts took place in Santa Maria church in Ngagel Madya area, Gereja Kristen Indonesia church on Diponegoro street and Pantekosta church on Arjuno street, the police spokesman said.

"They have trained in order to attack police", Mr Wasisto said, identifying the militants as members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah.

October 2002: Bombs at crowded nightspots on the resort island of Bali kill 202 people, mostly foreign tourists, in Indonesia's worst-ever terror attack.

Extremists have mounted a series of attacks against Christians and other minorities in recent years.

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