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Mob burns minority sect’s mosque and nearby school
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A mob of Indonesian Muslims attacked and burned down a mosque Monday belonging to a minority Islamic sect that has been branded as “deviant” by religious authorities, police said.
“The mosque at Parakan Salak was attacked just after midnight last night. It was burned down but no one was harmed,” said a policeman in Sukabumi, West Java.
He said the mob of more than 100 people also vandalized a nearby school belonging to the Ahmadiyah group, which was declared “deviant” by religious authorities in January.
The attackers were identified as members of the Jamiatul Mubalighin Communication Forum, which gathers Muslim preachers.
An inter-departmental team which monitors religious groups earlier this month recommended the government disband the sect over their beliefs.
The government has yet to make a decision on the case, which has raised concerns in some quarters over religious freedom and tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim country.
Ahmadiyah claims several thousand members in Indonesia. It believes Mohammed was not the final Muslim prophet, contradicting a central tenet of mainstream Islam.
Various officials and Islamic leaders have already called on Muslims not to resort to violence in dealing with the Ahmadiyah. (*)