Rival Islamic groups clash leaves one dead in East Java

September 14, 2013
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – Police in East Java announced Friday (September13th) they have identified a suspect in the fatal mob beating of a fisherman during a religious confrontation in Jember, East Java, on Wednesday, The Jakarta Globe reported.

Two Islamic groups were involved in the fight.

Anti-Discrimination Islamic Network (JIAD) Co-ordinator Aan Anshori said the confrontation stemmed from two feuding religious leaders – Darus Sholihin boarding school head Ali al-Habsyi and Muhdor al-Hamid – in Puger and Tanggul subdistricts.

The school led by Ali planned to hold a parade celebrating Indonesian independence Wednesday but the police permit was revoked virtually without warning. People arriving at the school to participate in the parade began pelting police officers with stones and tore down a barbed-wire fence surrounding the school.

As parents and teachers attempted to hold the parade anyway, a group of 30 residents from a nearby village arrived and began vandalising a mosque and torching a classroom.

Allies of Ali held responsible for the attack Eko Mardi Santoso, a fisherman from Tanggul and friend of Fauzi, a local member of the local chapter of Nahdlatul Ulama, beat him to death.

Police have yet to charge anyone in the vandalism and arson of the school. Local police were on locations as the mob tore through the Islamic boarding school, but investigators said they need to identify the suspects caught on CCTV.

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