FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CHRISTIAN CONVERT ASSASSINATED; BOMB DISCOVERED IN CHURCH IN INDONESIA
WASHINGTON, D.C. (ANS) — The Washington-DC based human rights group, International Christian Concern (ICC), has just become aware of a shooting and bomb discovery in Central Sulawesi.
In 1999 and 2002, this region was the scene of much violence between Christian and Muslim communities. In the Maluku Islands over 8,000 were killed and over a half million Indonesians displaced from both sides. It seems that tensions are starting to erupt again. On Oct. 1, 2003, a Christian convert from Islam, Mr. Jono age 44, was murdered in broad daylight on a public street in the Pandiri village. The murderers were followed by Christians until they entered a Moslem populated village. The two gunmen escaped without being apprehended.
In a separate incident, a bomb was discovered in a GKST church in the Tomata village in the Tojo district before the 9:00 a.m. church service began on Sunday, September 28. The police came and safely detonated the bomb in the street so that there were no casualties.
ICC urges American Christians to pray for peace in Central Sulawesi. Pray that these shootings and bomb discovery will be isolated occurrences and that true safety will return to Indonesia. Pray the Muslim and Christian communities will be able to live in harmony and that Christians will not
fear as they enter a Muslim village.
ICC is a Washington-DC based human rights organization that exists to help persecuted Christians worldwide. ICC delivers humanitarian aid, trains and supports persecuted pastors, raises awareness of the problem of persecution in the US Church and is an advocate for the persecuted to the US Government.
For additional information or for an interview, contact ICC at 301-989-1708.