CIANJUR, Indonesia – Three mosques used by Ahmadiyah Muslims in Cianjur, West Java, were attacked by a group of Islamic hardliners and local residents Friday (April 12th) as police watched, local media reported.
Indonesian Ahmadiyah Congregation spokesman Firdaus Mubarik told The Jakarta Globe on Saturday that police officers and soldiers witnessed all three incidents but did nothing to stop members of the Islamic Defenders Front from attacking the mosques in the subdistricts of Campaka, Ciparay and Neglasari.
"Three mosques, located close to each other, were sealed and damaged in less than three hours," Firdaus said. "They also shut down our mosque in Ciparay. Some of them threw stones at the windows, door and the roof tiles. The police were there, but did nothing to stop them. A police officer ... even was the one that placed an announcement stating that activities of the mosque should be terminated."
Firmansyah, the head of Ahmadiyah Youth in Cianjur, told Portalkbr.com the written order sealing the mosque was not even accompanied by an official letter from the local government.