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Indonesian president says same terror network behind church, police compound attacks

(Xinhua)

09:58, September 26, 2011

JAKARTA, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- The suicide bomb attack on a protestant church on Sunday in Solo, Central Java could be carried out by the same terror organization that carried out a similar attack on a police compound in Cirebon, West Java in April, according to Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

"We have found in the preliminary results of our investigation that the suicide bomber is a member of the Cirebon terrorist network, which committed a similar terrorist act in Cirebon some time ago," the President was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Post on Sunday evening.

The President had earlier led a Cabinet meeting discussing the issue at the Presidential Office in Jakarta and instructed a follow-up investigation to reveal all people behind the Cirebon and Solo terror attacks and their funds.

The police say they will sweep churches and check church visitors across the country following Sunday's suicide bombing to deter similar attacks on other churches.

A suspected suicide bombing struck a Protestant church in Solo, Central Java on Sunday, killing two people and injuring at least 14 others, with one of the dead likely to be the suicide bomber.

Indonesia has been suffering small-scale terrorist strikes in the last two years. An April suicide bomb blast in a prayer room at a police compound in Cirebon, West Java, left one dead and more than 30 others wounded.

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