SINGAPORE: Singapore condemned the bombing outside a Catholic church in Indonesia on Sunday (March 28), saying there is no justification for such violence.
“Nothing can justify such violence against innocent civilians and places of worship,” a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Monday March 29.
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About 20 people were injured after two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a church in the town of Makassar on the island of Sulawesi.
The explosion outside the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus took place around 10:30 a.m., just as worshipers were leaving after mass. The attackers tried to enter the church but were stopped by a security guard, a church priest said.
The suicide bombers have been identified as newlyweds belonging to Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an Islamic State-inspired group suspected of suicide bombings on churches and a police station that killed at least 30 people in the city of Surabaya in 2018.
Authorities have since arrested nine people related to the couple and seized five bombs and bomb-making equipment.
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On Monday afternoon, 15 people remained in the hospital and the rest were released.
“We wish those injured a speedy and full recovery, and support the efforts of the Indonesian government to ensure public safety,” said the spokesperson for the MFA.
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There are no reports of a Singaporean affected by the incident, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Those in need of consular assistance should contact the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta on +62 811 863 348 or the MFA Service Office on +65 6379 8800/8855. Singaporeans abroad are reminded to register online with the MFA.