» 10/23/2012, 00.00
Anti-Christian violence: extremists set fire to Protestant church in Poso
An unidentified group set fire to the Madele Pentecostal Church. Quick action by Church members as well as some Muslims brought the blaze under control, limiting the damages. In another incident, blasts wounded three people, including two police agents. Sectarian tensions raise fears.
Bomb targets Hindu temple in Indonesia
The homemade bomb injured the watchman of the religious building in Poso. Police maintain that the perpetrator wanted to create panic and terror in the region, already a battleground between Christians and Muslims.
Jakarta sending troops to Poso to start reconstruction
The decision is made after vice president meets local religious leaders. Three main goals are set: economic recovery, law enforcement and investigation in local deaths.
Another young woman murdered in central Sulawesi
Poso violence spreads to Palu. A 22-year-old woman, Yanti, and her two friends on a motorcycle are attacked by three men, one of whom wielded a machete to kill.
Men who beheaded three Christian schoolgirls were preparing a hundred more decapitations in Sulawesi
Hasanuddin, the first man to go on trial, masterminded the gruesome crime and now faces the death penalty. In addition to three schoolgirls, he ordered his men to behead at least a hundred Christians in Poso as an act of revenge for Muslims killed in the 1999-2001 sectarian violence.
Indonesians against the instigators of violence
Despite the beheading of three girls in Poso, on the eve of Eid ul-Fitr people want peace, not vengeance from the Sulawesi to the Maluku Islands. Religious leaders call for brotherhood during the celebrations for the end of Ramadan.
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