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Jakarta Post

Suicide bombing rocks Makassar Cathedral on Palm Sunday

  • Gisela Swaragita


Jakarta   /   Mon, March 29 2021   /  01:00 am
Indonesian forensic police examine the site after a suspected bomb exploded near a church in Makassar on March 28, 2021. (AFP/Indra Abriyanto)

A bomb believed to have been detonated by two suicide attackers exploded outside a Catholic cathedral in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Sunday morning, wounding at least 20 and killing the assailants. According to the National Police, the bombers arrived at the cathedral on a motorbike. A church security guard was trying to prevent the vehicle from entering the church’s grounds when the bomb exploded. “There were two people riding on a motorbike when the explosion happened at the main gate of the church. The perpetrators were trying to enter the compound," National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Argo Yuwono said on Sunday. The blast occurred just after the congregants finished a service for Palm Sunday, which is the first day of Holy Week leading up to Easter and commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. "We were finishing the service and people were go...