At Least 20 Wounded in Suicide Bomb Attack Outside Roman Catholic Cathedral During Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia

Indonesian Red Cross personnel carry a body bag following an explosion outside a Catholic church in Makassar, South Sulawesi province, Indonesia, March 28, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

Parishioners had just finished celebrating early morning mass at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Makassar, and were leaving to make room for a second group of worshippers when they heard a loud explosion.

According to the church’s security guards, they confronted two men on a motorcycle who wanted to enter the building when one of the men detonated his explosives. Both died instantly. One of the men turned out to be a woman. One of the attackers is tied to a church bombing in the Philippines.

Indonesia has been battling militant attacks since that in Bali in 2002.

Ella Breedlove

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