Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Christians attacked in Indonesia

Indonesia's president ordered police to hunt down and arrest assailants who stabbed a Christian worshipper

Indonesia's president ordered police to hunt down and arrest assailants who stabbed a Christian worshipper in the stomach and beat a minister in the head with a wooden plank as they headed to prayers.

Neither of the injuries appears to be life-threatening.

No-one claimed responsibility for Sunday's attacks.

But suspicion immediately fell on Islamic hard-liners who repeatedly warned members of the Batak Christian Protestant Church against worshipping on a field housing their now-shuttered church.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who relies heavily on Islamic parties in parliament, was widely criticised in the media for failing to crack down on hard-liners.

But he immediately called on authorities to investigate and to hold accountable those responsible.

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