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20 hurt in Indonesia church attack

A suicide bomber struck at a church on central Indonesia's Java island today, injuring at least 20 people, officials said.

The bomb exploded just after the completion of services at the Kepunton church in Solo town.

Djihartono, a police spokesman, told local media that only the bomber had been confirmed dead, but that several other people were injured in the attack.

He told MetroTV that the explosion, which damaged parts of the church, was heard as far as 550 yards from the church.

"The body of the dead one, believed to be the suicide bomber, is lying in the main entrance," said Djihartono, who like many Indonesians uses just one name.

Bambang Sumartono, an official at Dr Oen hospital, said that 20 people, including a child, were admitted to the hospital, but that many of them were only slightly injured.

Indonesia, which has more Muslims than any other nation, has been battling terrorists since 2002 when al Qaida-linked militants attacked two nightclubs on Bali island, killing 202 people, mostly foreigners.

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