the militants as members of JAD
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks, but Indonesia’s intelligence agency spokesman said it suspects the attacks were carried out by Islamic State-inspired group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).
JAD is an umbrella organisation on a US State Department terrorist list that is estimated to have drawn hundreds of Islamic State sympathisers in Indonesia.
Wawan Purwanto, communication director for Indonesia’s intelligence agency, also told Metro TV that the attacks were likely to be linked to a deadly prison hostage incident at a jail near Jakarta involving Islamist militants last week.
In that incident, five police officers were captured and executed by inmates during a riot involving convicted terrorists.
Asked who he thought was behind the church attacks, Mr Purwano said: “Still the old group, JAD, who has planned this for sometime.”
National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto announced police fatally shot four suspected militants and arrested two others early on Sunday in West Java towns.
It was not clear if the shootings were connected with the church attacks.
“They have trained in order to attack police,” Mr Wasisto said, also identifying the militants as members of JAD.
Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim-majority country and has seen a recent resurgence in homegrown militancy.