PLEASE PRAY: Islamist militants attacked Christ village killing elder, 3 Christian farmers [#PleasePray IndonesiaPersecution #ChristianPersecution] 12/02
On November 27, 2020, Islamist militants attacked the Christian-majority village of Lembantongoa in Sulawesi, Indonesia, killing the village elder and 3 other Christian farmers.
The attackers burned a Salvation Army church and 6 houses, prompting about 750 villagers to flee their homes.
This horrific attack is the latest example of increased threats faced by religious minorities in Indonesia.
Survivors told police that the leader of the East Indonesia Mujahideen, Ali Kalora, and about 10 others arrived in the village and accused the elder, Yasa, of informing the police about the group’s whereabouts.
Ali Kalora reportedly killed the elder with a knife in front of his family before attacking his son-in-law and 2 other relatives who tried to intervene.
President Joko Widodo condemned the murders as “beyond the limits of humanity,” ordering the police and the military to find those responsible.
This is important, but the problem runs much deeper than one attack.
An affiliate of the Islamic State (ISIS), the East Indonesia Mujahideen has previously attacked those they claim to be “non-Muslims” and “Muslims who worship other than Allah.”
Since 2012, the group has killed at least 20 people.
The victims have been Muslim, Christian, and Hindu farmers the group has accused of helping police.
National police chief Idham Azis told parliament last year that authorities have difficulty arresting members of the group because they have “the support of the local population.
The people are sympathetic to the Ali Kalora group.”
In 2016, police killed Ali Kalora’s predecessor, Santoso, in a gun battle.
Thousands of mourners attended his burial as a “martyr.”
BIG BREAKING NEWS – CHRISTIANS KILLED: Islamist militants attacked Christ village killing elder, 3 Christian farmers [#IndonesiaPersecution #ChristianPersecution] 12/02
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