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The bombs that exploded Sunday and Monday were similar in their construction - highly-powerful and sensitive to movement - to those used by the Islamic State group in its war in Iraq and Syria, Karnavian said. The father, 50-year-old Tri Murtiono, took his wife and three children, strapped them with homemade bombs, and blew themselves up at the entrance gate to the police station.

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.

"It ordered and gave instructions for its cells to make a move", Karnavian said of IS's role in the church attacks. He identified the mother as Puji Kuswati.

The church attacks occurred within minutes of each other, according to Surabaya police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera.

Oepriarto then drove the van to the Pentecostal Central Church, where, from inside the vehicle, he detonated another bomb, police said.

Earlier in the morning his sons, ages 16 and 18, had ridden motorcycles into Santa Maria Catholic Church and detonated their explosives.

Rescuers treated victims on a nearby field while officers were inspecting wrecked motorcycles in the parking lot that were burned in the explosion.

A street merchant outside the church said she was thrown several meters (yards) by the blast.

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"It was in one way expected and also completely unexpected, and that raises it to a new level of sick, using kids in this kind of thing", said Ken Conboy, a security consultant and counterterrorism analyst in Jakarta. "Soon after that, the explosion happened".

Indonesia's president condemned Sunday's attacks as "barbaric".

Singapore strongly condemns the bombings in Surabaya, Indonesia, yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in a press statement. The country launched a crackdown on militants following bombings by radical is Bali in 2002 killed 202 people. A bomb squad was checking the building, he said, and hundreds of people were evacuated from the neighborhood. It wasn't clear whether the shootings were connected to the church attacks.

A spokesperson for the country's intelligence agency said Sunday's bombings were suspected to have been carried out by an ISIL-inspired group, Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

Indonesia has been on high alert for attacks by homegrown militants, including some claimed by ISIS.

The attack injured four police officers and eight civilian, writes Reuters.

Almost 90 percent of Indonesia's 260 million people are Muslim, but there are significant numbers of minority Christians, Hindus and Buddhists.

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