A suspected suicide bomb attack outside a Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar has left at least 14 people wounded, police say.
A suspected suicide bomb attack targeted Catholics leaving a cathedral after Palm Sunday Mass on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
Indonesia's deadliest militant attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, majority foreign tourists. "Whatever the motive is, this attack can not be justified by any religion because it only does harm to other people", he said.
A spokesman for the national police, Inspector General Argo Yuwono, said the wounded suffered from injuries around their necks, chests, and legs, noting that some had blisters on their hands and feet.
A report from Kompas TV shows police officers securing the area in front of the church. He said he had ordered the national police chief to investigate the attack and crack down on any militant network that may be involved.
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Like their fellow believers in other parts of the world, Catholic worshippers in Indonesia were observing Palm Sunday, the first day of the Holy Week that will end with Easter, which falls on April 4.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, police said.
Gomar Gultom, head of the Indonesian Council of Churches, described the attack as a "cruel incident" as Christians were celebrating Palm Sunday, and urged people to remain calm and trust the authorities. 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. They have not confirmed if both attackers were killed.
"There were two people riding on a motorbike when the explosion happened at the main gate of the church".
They were also linked to local extremist network Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
The strike was carried out by a local affiliate of the Islamic State.