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Home Worldwide Indonesia December, 2007 Indonesian sect's …
Indonesian sect’s mosque hit in new attack

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Indonesian sect’s mosque hit in new attack

23 December 2007

JAKARTA — Masked men early Sunday vandalised a mosque and four houses belonging to an Islamic sect considered deviant by many Muslims in the second attack on the group this month in Indonesia, a report said.

Some 30 people wearing masks and riding motorcycles attacked an Ahmadiyah mosque in Sadasari village in West Java province, online news site Detikcom reported.

‘There was the sound of motorcycles and when we came out, several things in the mosque, such as the carpets, were set on fire,’ a local resident was quoted as saying by Detikcom.

Police were investigating the incident.

It was the second attack this month on a settlement of Ahmadiyah, which is considered deviant by many Muslims since it believes Mohammed was not the final prophet, contradicting a central tenet of mainstream Islam.

Hundreds of Muslims attacked a housing complex belonging to the same sect in a neighbouring district last week, damaging 14 houses and two small mosques.

Sunday’s incident came despite a warning by the country’s Vice President Jusuf Kalla that police have been ordered to act firmly against such attackers.

Around 200 members of Ahmadiyah were forced to move to temporary shelters on the Muslim island of Lombok, near Bali, after hardline Muslims attacked their homes and mosques early last year.

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