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Islamic demonstrators plan protest against police for killing Muslim militants

Islamic demonstrators plan protest against police for killing Muslim militants

Members of Indonesia's hardline Islamic fringe are planning a rally to protest the killings of 15 alleged Muslim militants by police on the country's conflict-ridden Sulawesi island.
Shodiq Ramadhan from the Islamic Forum _ an umbrella organization that groups conservative Muslims _ said he expected that up to 1,000 people would show up outside the National Human Rights Commission in the capital, Jakarta, to denounce "police brutality against Muslims."
Police have come under criticism by Islamic groups and politicians following Monday's raid, but the vice president, other government officials and most of the country's media have supported the operation.
Police say they shot the men after being attacked as they entered a part of Poso town that militants had taken over in recent weeks. They recovered large numbers of guns, bombs and ammunitions.
Sulawesi was the scene of bloody battles between Muslim and Christian gangs six years ago.
Islamic extremists, some believed to be members of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah group, have since carried out a series of shootings, beheadings and bombings against Christians.
Indonesia is the world's most populous Islamic nation, but some areas such as Sulawesi have a roughly equal number of Christians.


Updated : 2021-04-15 08:14 GMT+08:00