Chil­dren in­jured in church at­tack

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SEV­ERAL chil­dren were in­jured when a man threw Molo­tov cock­tails at a church dur­ing a Sun­day ser­vice in Indonesia, police said.

They were play­ing in the park­ing area of the church on Indonesia’s Bor­neo is­land when the man threw the bombs from his mo­tor­bike.

It was the lat­est at­tack in the world’s most pop­u­lous Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­try against a mi­nor­ity group in Indonesia, which is home to sig­nif­i­cant num­bers of Chris­tians, Hin­dus and Bud­dhists.

“The man passed by the church and threw what we sus­pected was low-ex­plo­sive cock­tail bombs, caus­ing light in­juries on four chil­dren who were play­ing there,” police spokesper­son Fa­jar Se­ti­awan told AFP.

The at­tacker, who was wear­ing a T-shirt em­bla­zoned with the word “ji­had”, has been cap­tured and an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way, police said.

The mo­tive of the at­tack was still un­clear, Mr Se­ti­awan said, but the church as well as a mosque where the man went be­fore the in­ci­dent had been cor­doned off.

In Au­gust, an In­done­sian teenager who was ob­sessed with the Is­lamic State group stabbed a priest in a church and tried to det­o­nate a home­made bomb.

In July an Is­lamic State-linked sui­cide bomber tar­geted a police sta­tion on Java is­land, caus­ing mi­nor in­juries to one of­fi­cer.

A sui­cide bomb­ing and gun at­tack in the In­done­sian cap­i­tal in Jan­uary, claimed by IS, killed four at­tack­ers and four civil­ians. –

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