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Muslim radicals colonising the country, Indonesian bishops say
The bishop of Padang warns against the systematic and organised spread of radical Islamic ideology. Political authorities are criticised for failing to stop the wave of violence. In the meantime, police is out in force to prevent anti-Christian violence over the Christmas period.
Java, the government and Muslims condemn the attack against Christians in Kepunton
For the President Yodhoyono the attack is an unacceptable act. The largest Islamic organization in the country defines the bombers "inhuman criminals." Suspicions about the Islamic group extremist Cirebon.
Islamic fundamentalists against church named after Mother Teresa
Plans to build a Catholic place of worship in Cikarang, some 60 kilometres east of Jakarta, is generating opposition among Muslim groups. At least six churches were attacked since last year. Several Protestant clergymen were also assaulted. The authorities have been criticised for failing to stem the wave of intolerance.
Bekasi Christians not intimidated by pressures from Islamic extremists
For months, hundreds of radical Muslims have threatened Christians and interrupted the functions of the Batak Protestant Church (HKBP). Rev Luspida Simanjutak, the community’s pastor, tells AsiaNews that she is not afraid of the extremists, and that she will continue to defend freedom of religion.
Indonesian anti-terrorism squad raid: three arrests, five extremists killed
The special unit operations led to the seizure of ammunition, Kalashnikov AK-47 and M 16 rifles, pistols and grenades. Two terrorists killed in the raid were involved in the attack on the Australian embassy in 2004. At present there are still 25 extremists on the run.
West Java, for the first time a suicide bomber blows himself up inside a mosque. 28
The explosion occurred just before the Friday prayer inside the mosque located Taka in the Ciberon police headquarters. According to authorities the attack was planned by an Indonesian Islamic extremist group and is a revenge against the recent anti-terrorist police operations.
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