Indonesia: Police arrest suspect after church attack injures four children
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Indonesia: Police arrest suspect after church attack injures four children

AN explosion outside a church in East Kalimantan, Borneo on Sunday has wounded four children, Indonesian police said.

National police spokesman Brig. Gen. Agus Riyanto says s a number of vehicles were damaged Sunday in the explosion at the parking lot of the Oikumene Church in Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan province.

Police are investigating the cause of the blast.

Media reports quoted local police spokesman Lt. Col. Fajar Setiawan as saying the explosion came from a Molotov cocktail thrown by a man riding on a motorbike.

Setiawan is quoted as saying the man was arrested. The four children, he said, were slightly wounded and are being treated at a hospital.

According to the Straits Times, the male suspect, was arrested while wearing a black t-shirt emblazoned with the words “Jihad” in connection with the attack.

Authorities had also launched a manhunt for his accomplice who fled the scene.

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Samarinda police chief Colonel Setyobudi Dwiputro was quoted as saying that the suspects were on a motorcycle when they threw the homemade bomb.

Police identified the man with the letter ‘J’ but did not disclose his age although he appeared to be in his 20s. The suspect is also said to be born in Bogor, West Java but lived in a neighbourhood mosque in Samarinda, the Straits Times reported.

The young suspect also appeared to have sustained an injury to the face when he was arrested but it was not immediately known how the injury was inflicted.

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The attack on the church is the latest in a series of extremist-fueled attacks in the world’s most populous Muslim country. In July, a suicide bomber was shot dead by police after trying to attack a police outpost in Solo, Central Java.

An 18-year-old teenager in August attempted a suicide bombing at a Church in Medan but failed to detaonate the explosive. He was arrested after stabbing a priest in the church.

The Indonesian government has been struggling to contain extremist views in the mostly moderate Southeast Asian country. It has recently launched a effort to deradicalise segments of its population to quell influence from terrorist organisations such as the Islamic State.

Additional reporting by the Associated Press