Indonesia links church attacks to local Islamic State-inspired group

Jakarta, IndonesiaUpdated: May 13, 2018, 01:34 PM IST

A member of the police bomb squad unit examines the site of an explosion. Photograph:(Reuters)

A series of attacks in Indonesia by suicide bombers on churches in the city of Surabaya were suspected to be carried out by the Islamic state-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a spokesman for the country's intelligence agency said on Sunday.

Wawan Purwanto, communication director at the agency, also told Metro TV that the attacks were likely to be linked to a deadly prison hostage incident involving Islamist militants at a jail near Jakarta last week.

Asked who he thought were the brains behind the attacks, Purwano said: "Still the old group, JAD, who has planned this for some time."