ICC Note: More arrests have been made in connection with Muslim terrorists in Indonesia
Indonesia tries to halt religious terrorism
11/2/06 Indonesia (Bangkok Post) – Indonesian police on Wednesday named 26 new suspects in religiously-motivated attacks in restive Central Sulawesi province, the scene of massive violence between Christians and Muslims in recent years.
“We are hunting down 26 more suspects for their involvement in a series of terror attacks in Poso and Palu,” national police spokesman Anton Bahrul Alam told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa, referring to the troubled provincial district and its capital.
He said police rushed to distribute photographs of the wanted men, adding, “We want them to surrender quickly.”
Earlier this week, police arrested 15 other people in connection with violence.
“They are all involved in 13 cases of terror attacks in Poso and Palu, including last year’s beheading of three Christian schoolgirls and the recent killing of a Christian priest,” Bahrul Alam told dpa.
Tensions in Central Sulawesi have been high since the September 22 execution of three Christian men convicted of leading a massacre that killed at least 70 people in an Islamic boarding school in Poso in 2000.
Poso, about 1,600 kilometres northeast of Jakarta , and nearby regions were wracked by communal fighting between Muslims and Christians from 1998 until 2001 that killed more than 1,000 people from both communities.
In early 2001, Muslim and Christian religious leaders signed a government-sponsored peace accord aimed at ending the conflict, but sporadic violence continues to occur.
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