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Indonesia: Bomb Planted At Christian Junior High School By Suspected Extremists

By Ruslan Sangadji, The Jakarta Post -“The Central Sulawesi Police bomb squad detonated a homemade bomb on Tuesday found by a junior high school student in Tonipa hamlet, Poso Pesisir district in Poso as the situation in the Christian-majority regency remained under control.

Police detonated the bomb after identifying the suspicious object, found at around 6:30 a.m. local time, was a homemade bomb placed in a 1 kilogram paint can.

The bomb was found by a ninth grader at the SMP 4 state junior high school in Poso as he was waiting for a public minivan to go to school. The student stumbled upon the white can strapped with black tape and immediately reported it to the Tonipa hamlet head who later reported the matter to the police.

At around 7 a.m., personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI) and police arrived at the location where the bomb was found, followed by members from the bomb squad who arrived an hour later and detonated the bomb at the site.

Poso Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Eko Santoso confirmed the discovery of the bomb, which was likely intended to be detonated through a cell phone. He said the current situation around the location was secure and residents had carried out their daily activities as usual.

He expected that residents would remain calm and not be provoked by the terror perpetrated by particular groups in Poso recently.

He also urged residents not to be provoked by rumors involving tribal affiliations, religion, race and societal groups (SARA) issues, which were intentionally spread to disrupt the peace in Poso regency.

Earlier on Monday, a homemade bomb exploded at a traffic police post in Kasintuvu subdistrict in Poso, wounding a police officer and a bank security guard.

With regard to the burning of a Pantekosta church early on Monday in Madale village, Poso, Eko said that his subordinates were investigating the matter. An unidentified witness of the church’s congregation had been questioned, but little information was obtained.” Read more.

  1. Mike
    10/24/2012 at 12:43 PM

    Only “particular groups” were mentioned, The words “Muslim”, “terrorist”, “Islam” were not used in the article.


  2. ICA
    10/24/2012 at 1:07 PM

    Correct, which is why the title of the post indicated “suspected extremists”. The full article in the link above also notes that:

    Poso, with a population of around 215,000, was the site of bloody clashes between Christian and Muslim communities between 1997 and 2001 that claimed around 1,000 lives and displaced 25,000.

    But after a government-brokered peace pact in 2001, local extremists, many of them linked to and directed by terrorist group Jamaah Islamiyah (JI), mounted attacks on Christians and local officials in the hope of reviving the conflict.


  3. 10/24/2012 at 3:21 PM

    The media likes neutral terms like “bloody clashes” in lieu of the truth: Christians defending themselves against unprovoked attacks by Muslims.


  4. Mike
    10/24/2012 at 5:15 PM

    Whoops. Sorry. The actual article from the Jakarta Post goes on to mention Christian and Muslim toward the end of the article. My mistake. I’m just so used to US and European press sanitizing Christian persecution to the point that the real perpetrators are not even mentioned.


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