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Even wives and children of terrorists become fair game

The authorities have work cut out for them in addressing threat posed by women and kids

The world was shocked on Sunday to learn that an Indonesian couple had involved their four children, one of whom was just nine years old, in a coordinated suicide attack on three churches across Surabaya.

The church bombings in Indonesia's second largest city claimed 18 lives, including the family of six who mounted the strike, and injured more than 40.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 15, 2018, with the headline 'Even wives and children of terrorists become fair game'. Print Edition | Subscribe