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Indonesian Jihadist Sentenced to 15 Years in Christian Killings

Indonesia (for the full story, go to Int. Herald Tribune) An Islamic militant was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for opening fire on a boat in which two Christians were wounded in eastern Indonesia in 2005.

Judges said Sulthon Qolbi was a member of Kompak, an Islamic militant group that took part in fighting between Christians and Muslims in the eastern Maluku island chain between 1999 and 2002. The group kept up occasional attacks against Christian targets after the war ended.

Qolbi is the seventh in a group of militants convicted in a series of attacks against Christians that claimed more than a dozen lives between 2004 and 2005.