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Petrol bomb hurled at Indonesian church


A petrol bomb has been hurled at a Catholic church in the fifth attack this week on a church in Indonesia, police said yesterday.

The attack on the Santo Yusuf church in the Sleman district of Yogyakarta city took place early on Wednesday, according to a duty officer at a local police station.

He said the attack in the Central Java city caused a small fire which burned part of the front gate and the fence. No one was hurt.

Mobs attacked four churches in two neighbouring suburbs of the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Sunday, slightly injuring a priest and causing some damage. Three of those churches were in buildings in commercial areas that had no permit for use as places of worship. Such unauthorised churches have come in for attack in the past.

Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim-populated state, with 88 percent of its 212 million people following Islam.

Some eight percent are Christians. Islam is not the official religion and the constitution provides for freedom of worship.

SOURCE
Petrol bomb hurled at church (Herald-Sun 10/6/04)

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HAND-BOMB LAUNCHED AGAINST CATHOLIC CHURCH IN YOGYAKARTA (Missionary Service News Agency 10/6/04)


11 Jun 2004