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East Java police spokesman Sr. Com. "We stand ready to step up cooperation with the Indonesian side and other members of the global community to jointly counter terrorist threats and challenges and uphold peace and tranquility of the region and the world", he said.

Picture: The reflection of a church struck by suicide bombers is seen in Surabaya, Indonesia, on 14th May.

"For the kids, I think this is craziness", said Taufik Andrie, who runs an Indonesian institute that helps rehabilitate former militants ready to rejoin society.

On Sunday night, a bomb in the Wonocolo low-priced housing complex in Sidoarjo exploded prematurely, killing a woman and her 17-year-old child, police said.

Co-ordinated suicide bombings at three churches were carried out Sunday by a family of six that included girls aged eight and 12.

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All told, 25 people have died since Sunday including a total of 13 militants and their children.

"Following the attack, people are more cautious". Jemaah Islamiyah, the al-Qaida affiliated network responsible for the Bali attacks, was obliterated by a sustained crackdown on militants by Indonesia's counterterrorism police with US and Australian support. At least one fatality was confirmed, but initial reports said at least seven people were dead, including four of the attackers, and that 10 people were injured, including four policemen. Its leaders were killed in police raids and hundreds of militants were arrested.

A terror suspect was killed in a gunfire exchange with police anti-terror squad in Indonesian city Surabaya's Tandes district on Tuesday afternoon. The church bombings were swiftly followed by other attacks, including one Monday that targeted a police station and was carried out in the company of the attackers' 7-year-old daughter.

Yesterday, a counter-terrorism source told The Straits Times that a key reason why male militants are willing to sacrifice their wives and children in their "martyrdom" was because they did not want their surviving spouse and children being placed in deradilcalisation programmes after their death.

The archipelago nation of some 17,000 islands has long struggled with radical militancy, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people - mostly foreign tourists - in the country's worst-ever terror attack. Earlier in the morning his sons, ages 16 and 18, had ridden motorcycles into Santa Maria Catholic Church and detonated their explosives.

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