Khabar Southeast Asia

Indonesian mob damages church

June 03, 2014

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia– Local residents and hardline Islamic group members attacked a Pentecostal church in Pangukan, Sleman on Sunday (June 1st), The Jakarta Post reported.

The group stoned the vacated church, destroying its glass windows.

Local residents along with Islamic Jihad Front (FJI) and Islamic People's Forum (FUI) members took part, said Turmudzi, a Majelis Ta'lim Al Huda board member.

"The reason is not related to worship. We attacked the church because it has no building permit," Turmudzi told The Jakarta Post.

Sleman Deputy Regent Yuni Satya Rahayu said the administration had not granted a building permit and alleged that the church's board had faked signatures to fulfil permit requirements.

Church congregation members could not be reached for comment Sunday.

On May 29th, Islamic extremists attacked a gathering of Catholics at a private home in Sleman, beating the homeowner, Julius Felicianus, and a reporter who arrived to cover the incident, Asia News reported. Yuni said the two incidents were not related.

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