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Terrorists kill four Christians and burn church members’ homes in Indonesia

Police in the Muslim-majority archipelago of Indonesia were searching for suspected terrorists last Saturday after the throats of three Christians were slit, another was beheaded and a Salvation Army post and Christians' homes were burned down on the island of Sulawesi.


About ten people from a terrorist group carried out the killing on Friday morning in a remote village near the region of Sigi in Central Sulawesi province, a national police spokesman reported. The suspected terrorists also set fire to a church and burned down the homes of six churchgoers after they attacked the Lewonu Lembantongoa Service Post of the Salvation Army, ICC reported.

ICC also reported having seen a video showing a charred victim being pulled from a pile of ruins, with smoke still rising in the background. “The position of the body suggests the agony and pain endured by the victims before death.”

“ICC mourns the death of the Indonesian brothers and sisters who were brutally murdered by the alleged terrorist,” Gina Goh, ICC’s Regional Manager for Southeast Asia, said. “We urge the Indonesian government to take necessary measures to hold him accountable and put him to justice.”

Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population. Its Constitution is based on the doctrine of Pancasila — five principles upholding the nation’s belief in the one and only God and social justice, humanity, unity and democracy for all.

However, there are many extremist groups in the country, including the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), the Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), the Islamic Reform Movement (Garis), and the Islamic Community Forum (FUI). These groups oppose religious pluralism.

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