At least 3 killed in blasts at churches in Indonesia's second city

A damaged motorbike is seen at the scene outside a church following a suicide bomb in Surabaya

Suicide bombers attacked three churches in Indonesia early Sunday, killing at least six people and wounding more than 35 others, police and media reports said.

The blasts all occurred within 10 minutes of each other, police said, with the first explosion at 7.30am (0030 GMT).

Authorities are also investigating whether there was another explosion at a fourth church.

Frans Barung, a spokesman for East Java's police, said one churchgoer was killed and 11 people suffered injuries.

This is a developing story.

The blasts came four days after inmates killed five police officers during a revolt at a police detention center near Jakarta.

He said two police officers were among a total of 40 wounded.

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No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Other images showed a vehicle engulfed in flames and plumes of thick black smoke as a body lay outside the gate of Santa Maria Catholic church, with motorcycles toppled over amid the debris. There have been no claims of responsibility. "Suddenly she hugged a civilian then (the bomb) exploded", said a civilian guard named Antonius.

Christians, many from the ethnic Chinese minority, make up about 9 per cent of Indonesia's 260 million people.

The archipelago nation of some 17,000 islands has long struggled with Islamic militancy, including the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people - mostly foreign tourists - in the country's worst-ever terror attack.

Members of police bomb squad inspect wreckage of motorcycles at the site where an explosion went off outside a church in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.

Hundreds of Indonesians have flocked to fight with IS, sparking fears that extremist outfits back home could get a new lease on life.

It was the first major attack in Jakarta since Jemaah Islamiyah's 2009 simultaneous attacks on the J.W. Marriott and Ritz Carlton hotels, which left seven people dead.

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