Young siblings die in Surabaya church bombings
Gemma Holliani Cahya
The Jakarta Post
An 8-year-old boy, identified as Nathanael, died at Surabaya Bedah Hospital at around 8 p.m. on Sunday.
He was the latest victim in the suicide bombing at Saint Mary Immaculate Catholic Church (SMTB) in Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday morning, which was followed by deadly explosions in two other churches in the country’s second-largest city.
Nathanael died after suffering from serious wounds on Sunday night at around 8 p.m., despite a team of doctors having tried to save his life and one of his legs getting amputated.
His older brother, 11-year-old Vincencius Evan, died earlier that day not long after he was admitted to the hospital.
The two brothers, who were elementary school students, were near the church gate with their mother and cousin when the incident happened. Their mother and cousin survived.
“Nathan suffered from serious injuries. The doctors at the hospital decided to amputate one of his legs. So he joined his brother,” Desiana Setiawan, Nathaniel’s teacher at St. Clara Catholic Elementary School Surabaya, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
As of 10:30 a.m. on Monday, police reported that 14 people were killed in the Surabaya church attacks. (ipa)
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