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A member of the police bomb squad on the left holds a piece of cloth that was found at the site of the suicide attack on Sunday in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia (Yusuf Wahil / AP)

The Indonesian authorities identified a newly married couple suspected of having militant connections as the attackers who blew themselves up with a pressure cooker during Palm Sunday mass in front of a Roman Catholic cathedral

The attack wounded 20 people, including four church guards, and broke windows on the church and nearby buildings in Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi province

The couple married six months ago and police are still investigating their Makassar home, said National Police spokesman Argo Yuwono

“An investigation is still ongoing, including the discovery of other perpetrators,” Yuwono said in a statement

The couple’s neighbors identified the man as Lukman and his wife as Dewi, who were between 23 and 26 years old

The pressure cooker bombs contained highly explosive materials and nails to increase the damage to the victims, said Witnu Urip Laksana, Makassar City Police Chief

The couple were believed to be members of Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, who pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State Group and carried out a number of suicide bombings in Indonesia

This included the 2016 Starbucks attack in Jakarta that killed four civilians and four militants an attack on a bus station in the capital that killed three police officers; and an attack on a church in Kalimantan that killed a two-year-old girl a year later

Indonesia’s last major attack was in May 2018 when two families carried out suicide bombings on churches in Surabaya, killing a dozen people, including two young girls whose parents had them involved in one of the attacks

One of the attackers in Makassar allegedly had links to a 2019 suicide attack that killed 23 people in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Carmel in the Philippine province of Sulu, said Listyo Sigit Prabowo, chief of the Indonesian National Police

He said the two attackers had been linked to a group of suspected militants who attacked Nov. They were arrested in Makassar on January 1st when a counter-terrorism police unit shot dead two suspected militants and arrested 19 others

The two men who were killed were wanted for their alleged roles in the Filipino attack

Mr Prabowo said police on Sunday arrested four suspected militants believed to be linked to the attackers in a raid in Bima, a town on Sumbawa Island in West Nusa Tenggara Province. p>

Local media reports said Indonesia’s elite counter-terrorism police force known as Densus 88 made arrests in multiple locations on Monday, including Jakarta and its satellite city of Bekasi
The attack occurred a week before Easter in the world’s most populous Muslim majority nation, when the country was on high alert after the leader of the Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiyah was arrested in December, which has been labeled a terrorist group by many nations / p>

President Joko Widodo condemned the attack on Sunday, saying it had nothing to do with any religion as all religions would not tolerate any terrorism

He ordered the police to “thoroughly investigate the perpetrators’ networks and hunt them down to the roots”

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