Surabaya's Immaculate Saint Mary Catholic Church held a memorial service on Monday to remember the victims of a suicide bomb attack at the grounds of the church last year. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)

Surabaya Remembers Victims of Church Bombings

BY :ANTARA PHOTO

MAY 14, 2019

Hundreds of people gathered for a prayer vigil at the Immaculate Saint Mary Catholic Church (Gereja Katolik Santa Maria Tak Bercela) in Surabaya, East Java, on Monday to remember the victims of the Surabaya church bombings last year. 

The first suicide bomb attack was carried out at the Immaculate Saint Mary Catholic Church during a Sunday mass service on May 13, 2018. Two more suicide attacks followed that morning at the Indonesian Christian Church (Gereja Kristen Indonesia) and the Surabaya Central Pentecost Church (Gereja Pantekosta Pusat Surabaya). 

Two more bombs exploded at an apartment in Sidoarjo and at the Surabaya Police Headquarters the next day.

The Surabaya terror attacks were the deadliest in Indonesia since the Bali bombings in 2002. At least 28 people were killed in Surabaya and nearby Sidoarjo, including the attackers. Around 50 others were injured, several critically. The Islamic State claimed the attacks were the works of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a local extremist group that has sworn allegiance to IS.

Hundred of peoples, families, relatives of victims and survivors of Surabaya Bombings attend the memorial service in The Immaculate Saint Mary Catholic Church, Surabaya, East Java on Monday (13/05) (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
A memorial service for the victims of the Surabaya terror attacks at the Immaculate Saint Mary Catholic Church. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
A woman mourns in front of past photos of Surabaya bombings victims in The Immaculate Saint Mary Catholic Church, Surabaya, East Java on Monday (13/05) (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
A woman walks past photographs of the victims. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
A woman prays in front of Yesus Chirst statue in The Immaculate Saint Mary Catholic Church in Surabaya, East Java as she attends the memorial service to remembering the victims of Surabaya bombings on Monday (13/05) (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
A woman prays in front of a statue of Jesus Christ. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
People of Surabaya ignite some candles and pray together with a number of interfaith figures during the memorial service to remembering Surabaya bombings tragedy in The Immaculate Saint Mary Catholic Church, Surabaya, East Java on Monday (13/05) (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
A candle light vigil at the Immaculate Saint Mary Catholic Church. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
Nuns carry candle and pray during the commemoration of Surabaya bombings in Immaculate Saint Mary Catholic Church, Surabaya, East Java on Monday (13/05) (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
Nuns light up candles and pray. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
A muslim woman cries as she attends the memorial service to remembering the victims of Surabaya bombings in Immaculate Saint Mary Catholic Church, Surabaya, East Java on Monday (13/05) (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)
A Muslim woman cries at the memorial service. (Antara Photo/Zabur Karuru)

 

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