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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.

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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.

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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.

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