Two suicide bombers attacked a Roman Catholic church compound in Makassar, Indonesia, in Sulawesi island, on Sunday morning, at the beginning of the Holy Week leading up to Easter. The attackers blew themselves. Both were killed instantly. One of them was a woman. Police were still trying to identify the two attackers. At least 20 people were injured. according to state officials. The attack happened at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral around 10:30 a.m.,when a mass was wrapping up at the church.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo condemned the attack as an “act of terrorism” and said he had ordered the police “to thoroughly investigate the perpetrators’ networks and tear down the networks to their roots.” No organization has claimed responsibility for the attack. Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, offered prayers for victims of violence on Sunday including “those of the attack that took place this morning in Indonesia, in front of the Cathedral of Makassar.” Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. It has a history of battling Islamist extremist groups. In 2018, a series of coordinated suicide bombings targeting churches and a police post.