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On December 14th a man entered an elementary school in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) in Indonesia, walked to the back of a classroom and began stabbing children. Seven children were injured. The man, who was reportedly Muslim, recently migrated to the village which is about 90% Christian. Villagers were so angered that they broke into the police station, overpowered the police, and killed the attacker. This attack is now just one of many recent attacks that may have strong ethnic or religious motivation. As noted by the Jakarta Post, “The incident has sparked fears of sectarian and ethnic violence in the regency as the alleged attacker was found to be a Muslim migrant from Bekasi.” Bekasi is known as an area with intense persecution of Christians. Religious and government leaders are calling for harmony and tolerance in a time of heightened tension among religious and ethnic groups. The government of Indonesia will mobilize a reported 155,000 military and police personnel to help protect Christians for Christmas Eve.

12/16/2016 Indonesia (The Jakarta Post) – A man who allegedly attacked students of a state elementary school in West Sabu district, Sabu Raijua regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), on Tuesday was later killed by a mob at a local police station.

At about 11 a.m. local time, thousands of people attacked the police station, broke into the detention room and beat the suspect to death, said NTT Police spokesperson Adj. Sr. Comr. Jules Abast.

Drastically outnumbered, the 13 police personnel at the station were unable to stop the mob.

“The security condition in Sabu is once again peaceful as the people have returned to their homes,” Jules said, adding that security personnel would remain alert.

The alleged attacker, identified as Irwansyah, was arrested after the attack at state elementary school SDN 1 Seba in Sabu Raijua regency on Tuesday morning that left seven students injured.

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