At least 14 people were injured after a powerful explosion – a suspected suicide attack – outside a church in Makassar in Indonesia, a port city of around 1.5 million people.
“There were two people on motorcycles when the explosion occurred at the main entrance to the church. The perpetrators were trying to enter the compound, ”National Police spokesman Argo Yuwono said on Sunday.
“The bike was destroyed and there are parts of the body… we are still collecting parts and trying to identify the gender of the perpetrators.”
Police said a church security guard attempted to prevent the motorcycle from entering the compound when the explosion occurred.
Previously, local police said at least one assailant died at the scene. They did not confirm whether the two attackers were killed.
The explosion occurred just after worshipers finished celebrating Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week, which commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
“We were finishing the service and people were going home when it happened,” Pastor Wilhelmus Tulak told reporters.