ADVERTISING
 
Friday, January 18   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Bible literacy
How often do you read the Bible?







SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Rise of Islamism
 

Toddler dies after church attack in Indonesia

All of the victims of the attack are members of a Protestant Batak Church, three other children are injured. In recent demonstrations, radical Muslims protested against the influence of Christians.

SOURCES Agencies, Jakarta Post, Christian Today AUTHOR Evangelical Focus INDONESIA 15 NOVEMBER 2016 09:56 h GMT+1
Police stand outside the church after the attack. / Reuters

A man formerly convicted of terrorist offenses has been arrested for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Protestant church in Samarinda, in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province, on Sunday morning, killing a toddler and wounding three other children.



Children were playing in the front yard of the Oikumene Church when the suspect, threw the bomb, Kompas daily reported.



He is said to have worn a black T-shirt that read "Jihad Way of Life" during the attack.



The two-year-old girl died from complications on Monday after suffering burns to over three quarters of her body, East Kalimantan police spokesman Fajar Setiawan said.



The other children, aged from 2 to 4 years, suffered less serious injuries and were still being treated in hospital. "We hope they can come home soon", Setiawan added.



 



INCREASING VIOLENCE AGAINST CHRISTIANS



After the massive demonstration against Basuki “Ahok” Thahaja Purnama, the Governor of Jakarta, who is a Christian, and Indonesian of Chinese descent, where the hard-line Islamist group “Islamic Defenders Front” (FPI) accused him of “blasphemy” against the Quran, Indonesian Christians fear intolerance against Christians would escalate in the country.



Those fears were not unfounded, because all of those wounded in the attack belong to the Batak ethnic group, members of the Protestant Batak Church.



The Synod of Protestant Churches in Indonesia (PGI) has released a document describing the terrorist attack "as a human tragedy". Violent acts, the statement said, “can never be the best solution to solve the problems: We ask the police to deal with this emergency as soon as possible. Intolerance can not be tolerated in any form, including the hate speech that led to the protests of recent weeks."



 



REPEAT OFFENDER



National police spokesman Maj. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar, said the suspect had been imprisoned on terrorism charges in 2011 and was released in July 2014, but he was arrested again in September 2014, after he was found with an Daesh flag.



Sunday's attack is the second explosion at a church in Indonesia this year after a would-be suicide bomber failed to detonate a bomb during a Catholic church service in Medan, the provincial capital of North Sumatra, in August.



Police said they are investigating possible links to Daesh. Four other people have also been arrested in connection with the attack.



"This case has opened our eyes that [the counter-terrorism agency] BNPT needs to improve its de-radicalization programme," legislator Eva Sundari said in a statement on Sunday.



President Joko Widodo added that "the bomb case in Samarinda has to be investigated thoroughly."


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Toddler dies after church attack in Indonesia
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
VIDEO Video
 
The source of longing, according to C.S. Lewis The source of longing, according to C.S. Lewis

Jerry Root compares the search for meaning of C.S. Lewis with Saint Augustine's reflections.

 
The reliability of the Bible The reliability of the Bible

Jim Cecy, Senior Pastor, Campus Bible Church, answers the question Why is a defense of the reliability of the Bible important?

 
Bulgarian evangelicals ask politicians to defend “basic freedoms” Bulgarian evangelicals ask politicians to defend “basic freedoms”

Protests and prayers continue in Bulgaria for the sixth week.

 
That night That night

“No one came ot help that night, no nurse to numb the fright...”

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.