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Militant shot dead and 13 held after Indonesia suicide blasts

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for all the attacks in statements carried by its Aamaq news agency.

Indonesian police have shot dead a militant and arrested 13 others suspected of links to suicide bombings carried out by two families in the country’s second-largest city.

Surabaya police spokesman Frans Barung Mangera said the militant died in a shootout in a Surabaya neighbourhood with counter-terrorism police, who had tried to arrest him over possible involvement in the attacks that killed at least 12 people.

He said raids in Surabaya and its neighbouring cities of Malang and Pasuruan resulted in 13 arrests.

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Officers inspect the site of an attack outside a church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia (Trisnadi/AP)

Co-ordinated suicide bombings at three churches were carried out on Sunday by a family of six that included girls aged eight and 12.

A second family bombed Surabaya’s police headquarters on Monday. Their seven-year-old daughter survived the attack.

All told, 26 people died in the two days of attacks including a total of 13 militants and their children.

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People hold candles during a vigil for the victims of the church attacks in Surabaya, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Slamet Riyadi/AP)

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for all the attacks in statements carried by its Aamaq news agency.

Earlier on Tuesday, police searched the home of the family that bombed Surabaya’s police headquarters.

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