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PH advises over 250 Filipinos in Surabaya to remain vigilant

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By Roy Mabasa

The Philippine government today advised the more than 250 Filipinos who are situated in Surabaya to remain vigilant following the series of deadly suicide bombings that rocked Indonesia’s second largest city early this week.

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, Sunday, May 13, 2018. Almost simultaneous attacks including one by a suicide bomber disguised as a churchgoer targeted churches in Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya early Sunday, killing a number of people and wounding dozens, police said. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)

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, Sunday, May 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Philippine Embassy in Jakarta is in touch with members of the Filipino community in Surabaya urging them to “limit their movement until the situation normalizes.”

While it has not received any information from the Embassy that would indicate any Filipino casualties in the bombings, the foreign affairs office said it will continue to monitor the situation in Surabaya, a port city and capital of East Java province.

Reports showed that on Monday morning, one family brought its 8-year-old daughter to conduct a suicide bombing on Surabaya’s police station.

While the girl miraculously survived, four police officers and six civilians were reportedly killed in the attack.

Less than 24 hours before the Monday morning attack, a family of six, including four children, reportedly detonated explosives at three separate churches, killing 12 people and injuring at least 40.

Indonesian authorities are looking at the possibility that the attacks were inspired by the militant group, ISIS.

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