A blast outside a Catholic church in South Sulawesi’s provincial capital Makassar in Indonesia on Sunday (March 28) killed two suspected suicide bombers and wounded 14 people, the police said.
Two people on a motorcycle tried to enter the church compound after a mass ended, said National Police spokesman Inspector-General of Police Argo Yuwono.
“The two persons were stopped by the church security officer and the blast occurred,” he told reporters, adding that it took place at 10:20am Central Indonesia Time.
He added that in addition to the two suspected bombers, the police were investigating other body parts found at the scene.
Those wounded were being treated at nearby hospitals, he said.
South Sulawesi police chief Inspector-General of Police Merdisyam told reporters that the bombing was “high explosive”, but there was no significant damage at the church.
The police have set up a cordon around the church and a disaster victim identification team is investigating the incident.
Earlier, priest Wilhelmus Tulak told Kompas TV that he heard a “very loud explosion” at around 10.30am, after a second mass finished.
“Two people on a motorbike wanted to enter (the church compound), but a security officer held them (at the gate) and the explosion occurred,” he said, adding that the security officer had earlier observed the two “suspicious” persons.
The Makassar cathedral is near the popular Karebosi Park, where people like to exercise.
Catholic worshippers in Indonesia are celebrating Palm Sunday, one week prior to Easter.
Lasith Sunday, 28 March 2021 12:37 PM
Any comments from OIC?
Mohamed Mohideen Sunday, 28 March 2021 12:51 PM
Another Zahran in action. Will they blame Rajapaksas for this too? This is created by that 1400 year old book.
P Fernando Sunday, 28 March 2021 04:10 PM
Let's blame Gota for the ruthless attack on innocent people. Come on Jepijana Welabage join me in attacking the ruling party.
Sinna Sunday, 28 March 2021 05:08 PM
Dear Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, you are struggling to find mastermind behind Easter Sunday slaughter, now far away in Indonesia, another massacre on palm Sunday, the common factor both is the ideology, may be next to impossible,but as people who experienced severity this carnage,you can make a open request and give lead, to change this ideology to peace for all doctrine,
Tom Sunday, 28 March 2021 05:16 PM
As long as this religious ideology accepts killing nonbelievers is the path to heaven as true, all over the world,time to time this kind of mayhem continue to occur
Shawn Sunday, 28 March 2021 05:25 PM
Insane Ms.Bachelet, was offended on cremation against burying of covid deaths,but she not utter a single word on abusing of humanright of nonbelievers of Islam, after MKasdar Indonesia, then another place it would happen, but Bachlet concentrating only Srilanka,
roland.boniface Sunday, 28 March 2021 09:37 PM
It has now become a feature that Christian churches in Asian countries are targeted by extremists during this sacred week. Recent records speak for itself.
kondaya77 Sunday, 28 March 2021 10:23 PM
Such stupid remarks by so called intelligent people.
Gayan Sunday, 28 March 2021 10:36 PM
Not radicalized. It's just a lone attack.
Tom Monday, 29 March 2021 07:24 AM
This is very, very serious, UNHRC ,should carefully analyze these series of incidents, this Sunday in Indonesia,2019 Easter Sunday in Colombo, 9/11 in USA, people were massacred and it will continue to future?WHERE THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS, are they not having right to live or personal security,why do not let them have to follow their religion, ,do you can point out one action taken to secure their human rights,nothing but this damn UNHRC doing politics
Mohamad Monday, 29 March 2021 08:10 AM
The religion of peace and love strikes again.
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