Pentecostal Christian Assassinated in Indonesia , New Violence Feared
By BosNewsLife News Center
(BosNewsLife) – A member of a Pentecostal church in Indonesia ‘s tense province of Central Sulawesi was assassinated amid fresh concerns over new religious violence in the area where thousands of Christians were killed in recent years, human rights watchers said Thursday, October 6.
It has been reported that 53-year old Pamilton Tadoa of the Tabernakel Pentecostal Church was shot in the head and killed in the area of Poso while “he rode his motorbike to a school where he served as treasurer.” The assassin has not been identified.
His death raised fears of a new Islamic crack down on evangelicals in Indonesia , where 10,000 Christians died between 1998 and 2003 at the hands of Islamic Jihad Warriors, according to human rights group Open Doors. About 1,000 churches were burnt down by Islamist mobs, Open Doors said.
PENTECOSTAL CHURCH CLOSED
Earlier on September 29, an Indonesian Assembly Pentecost Church in the Katapang sub-district of Bandung , the capital of West Java , was forced to close by local authorities who have been cooperating with Islamic militants, VOM and other investigators have suggested.
Hundreds of churches have been forced to close down, especially in areas such as West Java .
Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country. 88 per cent of the population is Muslim, while Christians make up less than 10 per cent, according to Christian estimates. Muslim groups have increased their protests against Christian activities, human rights groups say, amid fears of the spread of Christianity following the tsunami relief efforts.
Christian aid groups have been involved in aid and education projects in the aftermath of the December 26 tsunami disaster which killed at least 220,000 people in a dozen Asian nations, according to estimates.