Indonesia church attack kills 1, injures 14

Makassar South Sulawesi Indonesia

Fourteen people were hospitalized with injuries following a suspected suicide bombing outside a church in Makassar City, Indonesia, on Sunday, police said.

A church security guard tried to prevent the two perpetrators - who have not been identified - from entering when the explosion occurred, they added.

Police emergency personnel carry an injured man to an ambulance following an explosion outside a Catholic church in Makassar, South Sulawesi province, Indonesia, March 28, 2021.

"We see that there are victims and parts of human bodies have been torn apart".

Indonesia's worst ever terror attack was in Bali in 2002, when 202 people - mostly foreigners - were killed in an attack on a tourist nightlife district.

At least 20 people were wounded in the attack and had been admitted to hospitals for treatment, said Mohammad Mahfud, the coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs.

Jokowi, as the president is widely known, urged people to remain calm and said everybody could worship "without fear".

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Indonesian forensic police examine the site after a suspected bomb exploded near a church in Makassar.

The cathedral was targeted as people were leaving a service for Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem before his crucifixion and marks the start of Holy Week.

"I strongly condemn the act of terrorism and I have ordered the police chief to thoroughly investigate the perpetrators' networks and expose the network to its roots", Widodo said.

The explosion happened at about 10:30 local time (03:30 GMT) at the end of a service for Palm Sunday. Over the past month the country's counterterrorism squad has arrested about 64 suspects, including 19 in Makassar, following a tipoff about possible attacks against police and places of worship.

Police blamed that on an extremist group inspired by the Islamic State.

A priest also described as a suicide attack, But the blast's cause could not be independently verified by AFP and police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

It's the first day of Easter holy week, and police have not released the individual responsibly for the attack.

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