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Jakarta Post

Surabaya church bombing victim buried in Surakarta

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta, Central Java   /   Tue, May 15, 2018   /   04:47 pm
Surabaya church bombing victim buried in Surakarta Policemen stand guard following a bomb blast in front of a police office in Surabaya, East Java, on May 14. The attack occurred following a string of suicide bombings at three churches across the city the previous day. (Reuters/Beawiharta)

One of victims of Sunday’s suicide bomb attack on Surabaya Pentecostal Church (GPPS) in East Java, l Sri Pudji Astutik, 67, has been buried in Surakarta, Central Java.

Pudji was laid to rest at the Bonoloyo public cemetery after her body arrived in her hometown at around 12:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday. Pudji was originally from Mangkubumen in Surakarta but she had been living in Surabaya since the 1960s. Hundreds of mourners attended her funeral.

“She was laid here [in Surakarta] because it was her will. She had often asked for it,” Pudji’s relative Tri Nuryanti said.

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Tri said Pudji lived alone in Surabaya and ran a business in the city, she had been married previously but had no children.

Sri was sitting chatting with other congregation members in front of GPPS when a suicide bomber, identified as Dita Oeprianto, launched the attack using a car bomb just before morning service at the church began.

“A medical team [at Ramelan Navy Hospital] conducted surgery to remove shrapnel from her face and body. She didn’t survive, however. She died on Tuesday midnight,” Tri said.

Apart from Pudji, 24 other people, including 13 bombers or their children, were killed with dozens injured in a spate of suicide bombings in and around Surabaya on Sunday and Monday carried out by three families allegedly linked to Jamaah Ansharud Daulah (JAD), a group affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) movement. (kuk/ebf)