In­done­sian tod­dler dies af­ter church at­tack

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An In­done­sian tod­dler died yes­ter­day from in­juries sus­tained in a sus­pected ex­trem­ist at­tack on a church, with a group of mil­i­tants who sup­port the Is­lamic State (IS) group de­tained over the as­sault. Two-year-old In­tan Olivia Mar­bun was among four small chil­dren hurt when an at­tacker wear­ing a T-shirt with the word “ji­had” on it threw Molo­tov cock­tails at the place of wor­ship on Bor­neo is­land from a mo­tor­bike on Sun­day.

The young­sters, aged be­tween two and four, had been play­ing in the car park of the church in the city of Sa­marinda at the time of the at­tack. Lo­cal po­lice spokesman Fa­jar Se­ti­awan said Mar­bun suf­fered ex­ten­sive burn in­juries and res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems, adding: “Un­for­tu­nately the doc­tors could not save the vic­tim... she died early this morn­ing.” The other chil­dren suf­fered less se­ri­ous in­juries and were still be­ing treated in hospi­tal but would likely be dis­charged soon, the spokesman said. Po­lice ar­rested the sus­pected at­tacker, an Is­lamist mil­i­tant pre­vi­ously jailed over a par­cel bomb plot in 2011, shortly af­ter the as­sault.

Yes­ter­day they de­tained five more peo­ple as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, with na­tional po­lice chief Tito Kar­na­vian de­scrib­ing them as “old play­ers” who also had links to the 2011 plot. All those de­tained-in­clud­ing the at­tacker-were al­legedly part of the Ja­maah An­sharut Daulah group, a lo­cal mil­i­tant out­fit that sup­ports IS.

“Their aim is to in­cite vi­o­lence, I urge peo­ple to re­main calm,” said Kar­na­vian. Sun­day’s at­tack was just the lat­est on a church in re­cent months. In Au­gust, an In­done­sian teenager who was ob­sessed with IS stabbed a priest in a church in the city of Medan on Su­ma­tra is­land and tried to det­o­nate a home­made bomb.

In­done­sia, which has the world’s big­gest Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion, has long strug­gled with Is­lamic mil­i­tancy and suf­fered a string of ex­trem­ist at­tacks in the 2000s, in­clud­ing the 2002 Bali bomb­ings that left 202 peo­ple dead. A sus­tained crack­down had weak­ened the most dan­ger­ous net­works but IS has proved a po­tent new ral­ly­ing cry for the coun­try’s rad­i­cals.

A sui­cide bomb­ing and gun at­tack in the In­done­sian cap­i­tal Jakarta in Jan­uary, claimed by IS, killed four at­tack­ers and four civil­ians. Re­li­gious mi­nori­ties have also in­creas­ingly come un­der at­tack in re­cent times as the in­flu­ence of hard­lin­ers has grown, with Chris­tians, Bud­dhists and Mus­lim mi­nori­ties tar­geted.— AFP

SHANGHAI: A copy of the lo­cal Chi­nese mag­a­zine Global Peo­ple with a cover story that trans­lates to ‘Why did Trump win’ is seen with a front cover por­trait of US pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump at a news stand in Shanghai yes­ter­day. — AFP

SA­MARINDA, In­done­sia: An In­done­sian po­lice­man stands guard out­side the Oikume Church af­ter a man al­legedly threw Molo­tov cock­tails towards it in Sa­marinda, East Kal­i­man­tan. — AFP

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