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13 May 2018, 02:15 | Katrina Lee
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TERROR Police are investigating the attacks
The assault was adopted by a second explosion in one other church that killed one other particular person, whereas two had been rushed to a hospital.
Churches have also been targeted previously, including near-simultaneous attacks on churches there at Christmas in 2000 that killed about 20 people.
East Java police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera confirmed the deaths of 11 people with 41 injured after three churches were hit by apparently coordinated attacks around 7:30 am (0030 GMT).
With more than 260 million people, Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.
This is a developing story.
Purwanto said the attacks are likely linked to a riot and a 36-hour standoff at a prison near Jakarta last week, when Islamic State loyalists killed at least five security officers, according to Al-Jazeera and Reuters.
It was followed by a second explosion minutes later at the Christian Church of Diponegoro that killed two people.
"There is one location where we can't enter yet", Mangera told reporters near the scene of one of the bombings.
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No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Indonesian television showed debris scattered around the entrance of one of the churches and police closing off certain areas as crowds began to gather.
The East Java Police said there were blasts in at least three churches on Sunday morning.
Hundreds of Indonesians have flocked to fight with IS, sparking fears that extremist outfits could get a new lease on life.
October 2002: Bombs at crowded nightspots on the resort island of Bali kill 202 people, mostly foreign tourists, in Indonesia's worst-ever terror attack.
Officials first put the toll as five dead, but this figure has been climbing as further details emerge and grievously wounded succumb to their wounds.
The U.S. blames JAD for a suicide bombing and gun attack in Jakarta in January 2016 that left four people dead and 25 injured.
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