The leader of the Indonesian church most badly damaged by the suicide bombing attacks last Sunday, May 13, has said he "can't imagine" how much greater the damage could have been had the attacker detonated the bomb inside the church.
Rev. Yonathan Budiantoro of Surabaya Pentecostal Church, told the Christian charity Open Doors International that the morning service is the "worshippers' favorite time" to be at the church.
Asked what might have happened had the bomber made it inside, he said: "I can't imagine. There would be so many victims. I can't imagine the death toll if the bombs had exploded inside the church."
The church has since posted a list of missing church members.
Meanwhile, reconstruction work at the church has been held up, as police are still gathering evidence as to what type of bomb was used, according to Catholic news agency UCAN.
Soehendro, a church worker who was inside the church at the time of the blast, said the church needs major repairs as its interior was seriously damaged.
"The blast was huge and caused the ceiling to collapse. People just ran in panic," he told UCAN.
Access to the area around the church has been limited as police continue to investigate.
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