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CNN reported that Monday's attack was carried out by two attackers and an 8-year-old girl on a motorcycle; the young girl was seen stumbling among the wreckage following the detonation of the explosives and was reported to have survived, according to CNN.

Speaking after Sunday's Regina Coeli, Pope Francis said: "I am particularly close to the dear people of Indonesia, especially to the Christian communities of the city of Surabaya, which have been severely hit by the serious attack on places of worship".

The father, identified by police as Dita Oepriarto, was said to have driven his wife Puji Kuswat and their two daughters, aged 9 and 12, to the Indonesian Christian Church. Indonesian National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian described the attacks as a reprisal for Indonesia's prosecution and imprisonment of the Jemaah Ansharut Daulah leadership and said that all three families implicated in the blasts had been friends.

President Joko Widodo strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in East Java, saying they were "beyond humanity measures".

There was no immediate claim of responsibility after the latest suicide bombing.

At another church across town, the couple's two sons, aged 17 and 15, rode an explosive-laden motor scooter into a crowd and set it off. Bombings on three churches and a police headquarters are believed to be coordinated. "The attacks yesterday are part of a pattern ... but (are among) the more sophisticated, and as it involved children, heinous".

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

The government may offer more support to Indonesia, in the wake of the bombings. "We are angry", said an official, but he insisted that civilians cooperate with police proceedings.

The deadly spate of suicide bombings in the Indonesian city of Surabaya has revealed an even more ugly face to the Islamic State's strategy of jihad.

Jakarta police placed the capital and surrounding areas on high alert, while the transportation ministry warned airports to be on guard.

At least four children belonging to two of the three families behind the string of bombings in Surabaya and Sidoarjo, East Java, on Sunday (May 13) and Monday, became orphans after their parents were killed in the explosions.

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