Indonesia: Newly constructed church destroyed by radical mob

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The Pentecostal Missionary Church in Kabil Village, Indonesia, was recently destroyed by a radical mob that was protesting its construction in a majority-Muslim area.

Church Pastor Jacksean Napitupulu estimated that a mob of about 30 people caused considerable damage to the newly constructed building. Local residents had complained about the church and questioned the legality of its building permit over the past three years.

In Muslim-majority Indonesia, it is common for non-Muslims to face obstacles as they seek church building permits from the local government. Even if pastors succeed in getting permits, authorities often give in to hardline groups’ protests and demands that stops construction.