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Indonesian Terrorist Burns Down Church and Christian Homes

by Michael Ireland

Salvation Army’s Post in Central Sulawesi Attacked

SULAWESI, Indonesia (ANS) – International Christian Concern (ICC) www.persecution.org  has learned that on November 27, an alleged terrorist attacked the Salvation Army’s service post in central Sulawesi, before burning down six houses belonging to church members. Four Christians were murdered, with three being butchered.

Indonesian Terrorist Burns Homes and Church

Around 8:00 a.m., the Lewonu Lembantongoa Service Post, located in Sigi Regency, Central Sulawesi, set up as an outreach effort by the Salvation Army in Indonesia (Bala Keselamatan), was attacked by the alleged terrorist.

He set the church on fire, before attacking Captain Arnianto, Mrs. Mpapa, Lieutenant Abram Kako and his wife, and burning down six houses belonging to church members. Of the four victims, three were hacked to death, while the other was burned.

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In the video seen by ICC, the charred victim was pulled from a pile of ruins, with smoke still rising in the background. The fowler position of the body suggests the agony and pain endured by the victim before death.

Lemban Tongoa is located in the forest, where access to information and transportation is limited. ICC will continue to follow up to learn more about the details of the attack. The Salvation Army is asking for prayers “for the family of the victims, for the church, and for the peace of the region.”

Gina Goh, ICC’s Regional Manager for Southeast Asia, said, “ICC mourns the death of our Indonesian brothers and sisters who were brutally murdered by the alleged terrorist. We urge the Indonesian government to take necessary measures to hold him accountable and bring him to justice. Such senseless acts cannot be tolerated in the country that boasts ‘Pancasila,’ the state ideology which promotes religious harmony and tolerance.”

International Christian Concern is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) charitable organization focused on human rights, religious freedom and assisting the persecuted Christian Church around the world.

The author of this story, Michael Ireland, is a self-supported media missionary with ANS. Click here to support him as a missionary journalist.

 

 

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