Posted September 21, 2019 07:06:56A bomb-laden vehicle rammed into the main gate of the Church of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Church in the town of Banda Aceh in Indonesia’s Aceh province, killing one and injuring more than 40 people.
The vehicle exploded just before 10am local time (1700 GMT), and the blast was heard by more than 400 residents, according to the Indonesian military.
The blast caused an estimated $100 million damage to the church, according a local resident who asked to be identified only by his first name.
Local residents said the car was a diesel-powered vehicle which had been driven by a woman, possibly an elderly woman, when it rammed the church.
The woman then left the vehicle and went to a nearby house where she called for help, the resident said.
The military, which is responsible for policing Aceh, initially said the blast had occurred on the church’s main gate.
It later said the bomb had detonated in the garden.
The church, in the western province of Kuta, is home to about 100 people and has been a centre of Buddhism since its construction in the 14th century.
The explosion comes days after a bomb exploded in a crowded market in Jakarta’s popular Pertuan Bahru district, killing three people and injuring nine others.
The market was packed with shoppers as they queued to buy rice and vegetables, according the AFP news agency.
The market was also the scene of a bomb attack in July that killed at least 20 people.