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ICC Note: As millions of Muslims wind down Ramadan celebrations in Indonesia fears of radical attacks across the world’s largest Muslim majority nation remain. Earlier this week unknown assailants threw firebombs over the walls of a private Catholic school in the capital of Jakarta. No one was injured in the attacks but tens of thousands of police have been deployed across the nation, which is made up of more than 17,000 islands. From 1998-2003 radical Islamic groups led the way in attacking dozens of Christian communities on the Moluccas and Sulawesi islands leaving thousands of Christians dead and thousands more homeless. 
8/8/2013 Indonesia (AsiaNews) – Eid al-Fitr celebrations get underway in the world’s most populous Muslim, marking the end of the holy month of fasting and prayer. More than 140,000 police agents are deployed to protect sensitive targets. Extremists have targeted Buddhist temples this year in reprisal against anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar.
Tens of millions of people celebrated the feast of Eid al-Fitr today in the world’s most populous Muslim nation marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and prayer. In view of the possibility of fresh new attacks on Buddhist temples and Christian churches and buildings, the authorities have beefed up security measures. Meanwhile, throughout the week, a mass exodus has been underway. Travelling for hours and days by car, plane or crowded boat, people have left the main cities to return their place of origin to be reunited with their family, this in a country with more than 17,000 islands.
During the month-long celebration, the risk of attacks by Islamic extremist groups tends to rise. Moved by resentment caused by anti-Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, these groups have threatened to strike at Indonesia’s Buddhist minority this year. Hence, police have been deployed permanently around temples and pagodas, especially around the temple complex of Borobudur in Central Jakarta, where the number of agents has been doubled.
Overall, more than 140,000 police agents have been deployed across the country to patrol the streets and sensitive buildings. Experts warn in fact against the great risk of new attacks.

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