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Suicide bombers explode themselves outside Indonesia cathedral, 14 wounded

Fourteen people were hospitalized with injuries following a suspected suicide bombing outside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Makassar City, Indonesia, on Sunday, police said.

The two suspected bombers both died, according to Indonesian police, and so far no other deaths have been reported.

A security guard who tried to stop two suspected bombers from entering the churchyard is among the injured, Indonesian Police Inspector General Argo Yuwono told media.




The suspects used a motorbike and detonated outside the church which was holding a Palm Sunday Mass services when they were stopped from entering the yard.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. Police say the investigation with the anti-terror unit is ongoing.

Authorities were looking into which networks the bombers came from and if the attack was linked to recent arrests of suspected militants, Yuwono said.



Indonesian president Joko Widodo strongly condemned the attack in a video broadcast, describing the attack as as an “act of terrorism.”

“I ask the public to remain calm in carrying out their worship” Widodo said adding, “Terrorism is a crime against humanity and has nothing to do with any religion.

“For the victims who were injured, we pray for immediate healing” Widodo said, adding that a “thorough investigation” has been ordered into the incident.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, has been battling militants since bombings on the resort island of Bali in 2002 killed 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Attacks aimed at foreigners have been largely replaced in recent years by smaller, less deadly strikes targeting the government, police and anti-terrorism forces and people militants consider as infidels.