Indonesian police stand guards in front of a flat after an explosion in Sidoarjo, East Java, Sunday, May 13, 2018.(Source:https://abcnews.go.com)

New York (VNA)
– The United Nations Security Council has condemned the latest series of bombings in Indonesia.

 

“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks on Christian churches and a police station that took place in Surabaya, Indonesia, on 13 and 14 May, which resulted in at least 18 people killed and many more injured,” the Security Council’s press statement said.

 

The council affirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. It reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.

 

It urges that perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism be held accountable and brought to justice.

 

The council also calls on all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of Indonesia and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

 

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Indonesia, and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

On March 13, a series of bombings hit three Christian churches in Surabaya, East Java province, killing 14 and injuring dozens of others. Indonesia police said later the same day that the bombings were conducted by a family of six, including four children aged 9 to 18.

Just one day later, another blast took place at the police headquarters in Surabaya city on May 14 morning, injuring several police officers. Police said a family of five, including an 8-year-old girl, was the perpetrators of the attack.

The self-claimed Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attacks through its Amaq news agency.

Indonesia raised security alert status to the highest level at major cities and regions in Indonesia, including Jakarta capital, Riau islands, East Java and Bali island, after the series of bomb attacks on May 13.-VNA