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Update: Indonesia Police Warn Ahmadiyah of Fresh Attack
Arientha Primanita | December 03, 2010
An Ahmadiyah congregation in South Jakarta holding Friday prayers after their mosque was attacked early Friday morning. (JG Photo/Arientha Primanita)
Jakarta. Despite warnings from police that a second attack was being planned, members of the Ahmadiyah religious movement in South Jakarta went ahead with Friday prayers.
“We will keep doing our activities because it is only Allah we fear,” said Firdaus Mubarik, spokesman of the South Jakarta branch of Ahmadiyah.
A number of police officers had also been stationed at the Al Hidayah Mosque on Jalan Ciputat Raya in Kebayoran Lama.
The mosque was attacked shortly before 1 a.m. on Friday.
Firdaus said about 50 as yet unidentified people wearing white flowing robes, some of whom were armed with samurai swords and other weapons, before they scattered when police fired six warning shots in the air.
A window in the mosque was broken but no members of the congregation were injured.
One person has been taken into custody for questioning.
Last year, an unknown person or group attempted unsuccessfully to burn down the mosque.
Firdaus said they had only ever conducted their activities peacefully.