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    » 10/30/2005, 00.00

    VATICAN – INDONESIA

    Pope close to the families of beheaded Indonesian girls



    Benedict XVI asks the bishop of the Manando's diocese to express his condolences to families and the diocesan community. He assures his "fervent prayers for peace among the people of that region".  

    Vatican City (AsiaNews) – Benedict XVI expresses "deep condolences" to families and diocesan community of the 3 christian girls "barbarically killed" in Indonesia 29th of October. The pope "as soon as hear the sorrowful news" asks msgr. Suwatan, bishop of Manado's diocese, to tell personally and assures "his fervent prayers to the Lord for peace among the people of that region".  

    The attack versus Yusriani Sampoe aged 15 years, Theresia Morangke aged 16 and Alvita Polio aged 19, has already served to increase tensions between Muslims and Christians. Poso is fertile terrain to trigger discord between the two communities; the latest incident highlights just how serious the situation is, given that the murders came only a few days before the Muslim festival of Idul Fitri (to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan), popularly known as "Lebaran". The long-drawn out conflict in Ambon, which has claimed thousands of victims, was ignited by clashes which broke out just a few days before Idul Fitri.

    Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that "any wrongdoings which make the situation worse should not be carried out by any Poso resident. Let the government do its job". He is not rejecting any idea that this fresh incident is made by some certain elements of both warring parties. "It could be so…certain people who want to make certain benefits from the conflict," he adds.

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    29/10/2005 INDONESIA
    Indonesia: 3 Christian girls beheaded

    Bandits beheaded the girls as they walked to school. One of the heads was left outside a church.  President Susilo has condemned the attack and the head of the police talked of "helpless victims".



    31/10/2005 INDONESIA
    Poso: Police search for teenagers' killers

    Those guilty of the terrible beheadings of three young Christian girls have not been tracked down as yet. Meanwhile, Poso residents are preparing for celebrations to mark Eid al-Fitr.



    21/11/2006 INDONESIA
    Christians beheaded in Poso: parents pardon killers

    The families of the victims met the three terrorists accused of the murders and accepted their apologies. The Indonesian authorities described it as a historic moment, saying they hoped it would serve to bring peace to Poso.



    04/12/2007 INDONESIA
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    15/04/2008 INDONESIA
    Two Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists arrested in Malaysia
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