Minority communities in Muslim dominated Indonesia once again been targeted. The Indonesian police have identified a Muslim couple who attacked the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Makassar, the capital of Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province. In this attack, more than 20 people were injured, while both attackers died.
Indonesian national police spokesman Argo Yuwono said, "This is true, the attackers were a married couple, they got married six months prior."
Yuwono further said that the husband and wife were linked to the Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, an affiliate of the Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia). The group previously claimed the responsibility for the 2018 bombings of three Catholic churches in the Indonesian city of Surabaya, killing 15 people and 13 suicide attackers, and the 2019 Jolo cathedral bombings in the Philippines, killing 20 people and injuring 102 others, Yuwono said.
No terrorist group has claimed the responsibility for the Makassar attack yet. Indonesian President Joko Widodo firmly condemned the suicide attack on the church as an act of Islamic terrorism.
Islam is the largest religion in Indonesia, with 86.7% of the Indonesian population identifying themselves as Muslim in a 2018 survey. Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world.