CNBC: Family terrorism is Southeast Asia’s newest threat, defense officials warn

bomb blast outside the Surabaya Centre Pentecostal Church (Surabaya Gereja Pantekosta Pusat) in Surabaya, East Java province.

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According to an official warning by regional defense ministers, a new trend of families carrying out terrorist attacks has emerged in Southeast Asia. This trend refers to bombings carried out in Indonesia last month by three families including children that were radicalized by their parents. Family terrorism has never been an issue for Southeast Asia according to Delfin Lorenzana, secretary of national defense for the Philippines. More frequent terrorist attacks have occurred including one on May 13th that killed over 13 individuals and injured 40 following a family that launched suicide attacks on three churches in Surabaya. Many are now worried that Myanmar, which is experiencing an ongoing refugee crisis, could be Southeast Asia’s next terror hotbed. To read more about the bombings, click here.

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