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At least 3 dead after bomb attacks target Indonesia churches

Three attacks including one by a suicide bomber disguised as a churchgoer targeted three churches in Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya early Sunday, killing at least three people and wounding more than 10 others, police and media reported.

More than 10 others wounded in country's 2nd largest city of Surabaya

Debris is seen outside Santa Maria church where an explosion went off in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, on Sunday. (Trisnadi/Associated Press)

Three attacks including one by a suicide bomber disguised as a churchgoer targeted three churches in Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya early Sunday, killing at least three people and wounding more than 10 others, police and media reported.

The first attack at the Santa Maria Roman Catholic church killed two people, including the suspected bomber, and wounded 11, police spokesperson Frans Barung Mangera told TVOne network. It was followed by a second explosion in another church that killed another person while two were rushed to a hospital.

Police officers stand guard near the site where an explosion went off at Santa Maria church in Surabaya. (Trisnadi/Associated Press)

Three more people were wounded in a third attack, Mangera said.

The latest attacks in predominantly Muslim Indonesia came days after police ended a riot and hostage-taking at a detention centre near Jakarta that left five dead and five injured. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.

Indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since bombings by al-Qaeda-affiliated radicals in Bali in 2002 killed 202 people.