At least 20 people were injured Sunday in a suicide attack that targeted a cathedral in the eastern Indonesian city of Makassar after the Palm Sunday Mass for Christians, in an attack the country’s president described as a “terrorist act.”
And two people were killed, suspected of being behind the powerful bombing, after they drove their motorcycle into the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, headquarters of the Macassar Archdiocese on the island of Sulawesi, according to the authorities.
“There was a suicide bombing in Makassar Cathedral,” Indonesian Security Minister Muhammad Mahfouz told reporters in Jakarta, adding, “The two men who carried out the attack were killed.”
The authorities had previously confirmed that the bombing, which occurred in the morning, was a suicide attack.
She said that 20 church workers, security personnel and worshipers were injured due to flying debris as a result of the explosion.
She added that a security guard tried to prevent the attackers from entering the cathedral compound before the explosion, which occurred after the mass.
Forensic experts examined body parts scattered at the scene in an attempt to identify the attackers.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Christians from the western denominations celebrated the Palm Sunday before Easter next weekend.
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