Church Attack in Indonesia Kills 2-year-old Girl

Convicted terrorist linked with Islamic State arrested.

(Morning Star News) – A former terrorism convict with ties to the Islamic State (IS) threw a home-made bomb at a church compound in Indonesia on Sunday (Nov. 13), killing a 2-year-old girl and seriously injuring three other children, according to The Jakarta Post.

Intan Olivia was pronounced dead at 3:05 a.m. on Monday (Nov. 14) from severe burns, the newspaper reported.

The attack by the former convict, identified as Jo Bin Muhammad Aceng Kurnia (alias “Juhanda”), took place at Oikumene Church in in Samarinda. Three other toddlers were receiving medical treatment in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Samrainda, the Post reported.

The prime suspect reportedly visited a mosque before driving to the church site wearing a shirt with the words, “Jihad way of life,” according to advocacy group International Christian Concern.

Juhanda and at least five other people have been arrested in connection with the attack, according to reports. Juhanda lives in a mosque in Samarinda and learned how to assemble a bomb in Aceh between 2009 and 2011, police told the Post.

The country’s largest Muslim organization, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), condemned the attack, calling it an act of blasphemy, according to the newspaper.

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