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(Compass) – Police in Indonesia pledged today to provide tighter security for churches during Christmas celebrations, after one of their own was arrested in connection with the murder of a Christian official on the island of Sulawesi .
Second Brigadier Efendi confessed to his involvement the November murder of Carminalis Ndele, the 48-year-old chief of Pinedapa village, Poso district. “Efendi has engaged in several cases of violence in Poso, including the murder of Carminalis Ndele,” Central Sulawesi police Chief Aryanto Sutadi told reporters from The Jakarta Post.
Following Efendi’s arrest, Indonesian police announced plans to deploy bomb squads to comb churches for explosive materials before Christmas services are held. Officials will equip some churches with metal detectors and provide police guards for pastors in South Sulawesi province. Nearly 10,000 officers will be deployed in the cities of Bandung and Medan to tighten security at churches, shopping malls and other public meeting places.