TERRORISM

Girl, 2, killed in Molotov cocktail attack on Indonesian church

Police stand near the scene of the explosion outside a church in Samarinda.

Police stand near the scene of the explosion outside a church in Samarinda.  (Antara Foto/Amirulloh/via REUTERS)

Indonesian police said Monday that one of four young children injured by an Islamic militant's attack at a church on the island of Borneo has died.

East Kalimantan police spokesman Fajar Setiawan said 2-year-old Ade Intan Marbun died from complications after suffering burns to more than three quarters of her body.

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"It affected her respiratory system and efforts to save her failed and she died early Monday," said Setiawan.

The attacker, identified by police as a 32-year-old former terror convict from the West Java town of Bogor, threw a Molotov cocktail from a motorcycle as he rode past Oikumene Church in Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan province, on Sunday.

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The man was captured by locals after jumping into a nearby river. TV footage showed the injured man lying on the deck of a motorboat. He was wearing a black shirt emblazoned with the words "Jihad, Way of Life."

National police spokesman Maj. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said the suspect had been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison over a 2011 attack and was released in July 2014. He moved to East Kalimantan about a year ago.

It was the second explosion at a church in Indonesia this year. In August, a would-be suicide bomber failed to detonate a bomb during Sunday Mass in a church in Medan, the provincial capital of North Sumatra, but he managed to injure a priest with an axe before being restrained.

Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has carried out a crackdown on militant networks since the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people.