Three Indonesian girls beheaded

#1
(C) BBC

Three girls have been beheaded and another badly injured as they walked to a Christian school in Indonesia.

It is unclear what was behind the attack, but the girls attended a private Christian school and one of the heads was left outside a church leading to speculation that it might have had a religious motive.
Absolutely sickening. Yet again cruel people use religion as an excuse to take and destroy lives - man's inhumanity to man; unceasingly depressing.
 
#3
With you all the way on your conclusions, DB!

MsG
 
#4
not a good advertisment for conversion to islam or public image :roll:

their parents must be going through hell and a LOT dead muslim children will probably follow in reprisals
 
#5
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2005-10/29/content_3699255.htm

8 Indonesian villagers named suspects in police killings

www.chinaview.cn 2005-10-29 14:30:10

JAKARTA, Oct. 29 (Xinhuanet) -- The Indonesian police have named eight followers of a little-known religious sect in Central Sulawesi province as suspects for the killings of three police officers earlier this week, local press reported Saturday.

The suspects were among at least 72 followers of sect leader Mahdi who were arrested after a deadly clash on Tuesday with police near the provincial capital of Palu, The Jakarta Post reported.

The eight suspects, who aged between 24 and 40, were responsible for the deaths of the three police officers during theclash, including Adj. Comr. Imam Dwi Haryanto
This is starting to look like a 3 sided Muslim v Muslim v Christian Gangf*ck in central Sulawesi.
 
#6
I know several Indonesians from varying regions but one thing that doesn't vary are their very tough lives. A huge country full of people desperate to give their family as good a life as possible in spite of all of the upheavals they suffer. It's humbling to know what they go through to give their children better lives.
 
#8
Sulawesi hasn't ever been a good place to be; tensions evident even on the quick trip I've been on to the place, and that was to a small port, not a main town. Religion: the saviour of mankind.
 
#10
Details of sectarian violence in Sulawesi from the BBC.

Sulawesi

Central Sulawesi has been the scene of particularly brutal skirmishes between Christians and Muslims in recent years.

The town of Poso has acquired an unenviable reputation for some of the region's worst inter-religious violence.

Hostilities first surfaced in late 1998, and carried on well into 2000. After a period of relative calm, they broke out again in late 2001.

Some analysts claim the violence began when fighting between Christian and Muslim communities in the Moluccan islands spilled over into Sulawesi.

Others say it was a consequence of the influx of Muslim migrants from Java under President Suharto's transmigration programme - which reduced the Christian majority in Poso, and thus their powerful position.

A drunken brawl between Christian and Muslim youths sparked the violence in Poso in December 1998 - leaving hundreds dead and thousands homeless.

Unfounded claims that churches had been burned added to the chaotic atmosphere, and there were rumours of black magic being invoked, further inflaming this very traditional region.

By the time the violence subsided many months later, about 1,000 people had been killed and tens of thousands expelled from Poso and the surrounding villages.

In late November 2001, the fighting flared up once again.

There were reports that the militant Islamic group Laskar Jihad was leading the Muslim side, and a study by the International Crisis Group suggested that another regional militant group, Jemaah Islamiah (JI), was also involved.

A paramilitary organisation calling itself the Red Force emerged to retaliate on behalf of the Christian community.

Both groups were armed with bows and arrows, as well as homemade bombs and firearms.

In an attempt to bring about a long-term solution, the two sides met in December 2001 in government-sponsored peace talks.

The resultant declaration of peace, the Malino Accord, was signed by both sides, and produced a dramatic decline in the violence.

But systematic one-sided attacks - bombings and unexplained killings of mostly non-Muslim victims - have continued.

In October 2003, masked gunmen killed 13 Christian villagers in the Morowali and Poso districts - proving that the inter-religious violence in Sulawesi is far from over.
 
#11
Don't just take your sources from the BBC Dozy.

Some reports especially in the Jakarta post shed far more light on the incredible sorry mess. Including the emergence of some mystical Islamic medicine man . His mob are suspected of killing the Cops and other Muslims "not like them"
 
#12
PartTimePongo said:
Don't just take your sources from the BBC Dozy.
I don't! Admittedly the BBC site is my main general online news service, but living in the region I use a lot more news providers. I saw the story on the BBC site and then read the more detailed violence in Sulawesi section which gives a recent history for some context. One of the problems in a lot of this part of the world is the mixture of Western influences with that of major world religions combined with generations-old traditions, suspicions and folk-law.

As with most religions, the influences of the region play a huge part in how that religion is interpreted and there are various sects, often differing from village to village. Sadly I don't believe that Indonesia will ever be more than a mess: spread over a huge geographical area with unsecured borders, a centralised government and its legal arm will never be able to deal with the internal turmoil. The police and army aren't trusted by many so I don't know how much cooperation there will be, even if the state is committed to solving the existing cases and preventing new ones.
 

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