Saturday, December 4, 2010

Ahmadiyah mosque attacked for fun: Police

Sat, 12/04/2010
1:47 PM

Ahmadiyah mosque attacked for fun: Police
The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA: Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Sutarman speculates that the perpetrators of a Friday attack on the Al Hidayah Ahmadiyah Mosque in Kebayoran Lama, South Jakarta, committed the violence for fun.

“They probably did it just for fun,” Sutarman told journalists Friday, adding that the police would hunt down whoever was responsible for the attack.

“The police are still investigating the case,” he added.

A group of unidentified men attacked the Ahmadiyah mosque early Friday morning. No fatalities were reported, but facilities such as lamps and window panes were smashed.

Mosque security chief Deden Sudjana said “the attackers claimed to be from the Majelis Pembela Rasulullah [Rasulullah Defender’s Council].”

The attack lasted less than a minute, he said, adding that the men were armed with swords and machetes.

“Police officers have been stationed at the mosque since last week to prevent attacks similar to those at Ahmadiyah mosques in Bogor [West Java] and Warakas [North Jakarta],” Deden said, as quoted by news portal.

Police fired warning shots to disperse the attackers but made no arrests, he said. — JP

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