Surabaya, Indonesia has been the location of a horrifying terrorist attack against three Christian churches. Beyond the horror of the attacks themselves is the fact that a family with young children carried out the attacks, all of which blow themselves up with explosives in three different locations.
The father dropped off his wife at one Church with their two daughters ages 9 and 12. The family’s two sons, ages 16 and 18, arrived at a second church, while the father rode his motorcycle to the third church. Every member of the family detonated the explosives they strapped to themselves.
Indonesian police reported that the family was among hundreds of civilians that had returned from Syria where ISIS has been known to train operatives. ISIS has taken responsibility for the attacks since.
We can only hope that those affected by these horrific acts along with their family and loved ones are safe, and our deepest condolences go out to all of them. The insidiousness of violent and radical ideologies like the one preached by ISIS and groups like it are exemplified by this horrific attack. The corruption of the sacred structure of family was distorted to a such a degree that these parents committed one of the greatest evil imaginable and murdered their own young children, taking the lives of other innocent people with them.
Once again, our thoughts are with those affected in Indonesia. Stay safe and stay strong.
Deputy Editor, The Unshackled
Host of the Front and Center Podcast