Indonesian Christians were forced to step up security over Easter after a terrorist carried out a suicide bombing at a church in Makassar, Sulawesi, on Palm Sunday.
According to Al Jazeera, there are approximately 23 million Christians in Indonesia, compared with 270 million Muslims.
Al Jazeera stated the bomber was known to Indonesian police, and reported that both Catholic and Protestant congregations in Indonesia have braced for further attacks.
The head of Indonesia’s Batak Christian Protestant Church, Bishop Robinson Butarbutar, was quoted by Al Jazeera asking the international community to pray for the protection of Indonesia’s Christian population.
In 2018, three churches in the city of Surabaya were attacked, leaving 28 people dead. The suicide bombers at that time included a husband and wife and their three children – the youngest of whom was nine.