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Authorities investigate attack on Islamic police in western Indonesia

Authorities investigate attack on Islamic police in western Indonesia

An investigation has been launched into a fiery attack on the Islamic police headquarters in Indonesia's intensely conservative province of Aceh, authorities said Tuesday. No one was hurt.
Four men on motorcycles threw whisky bottles filled with kerosene at a patrol car parked inside the compound Monday, apparently because they were upset about the enforcement of a ban on alcohol sales, said Bahagia Hadi, head of the Islamic police.
The vehicle was completely destroyed.
"We are still investigating," Hadi said, adding that Islamic, or sharia, police often carry out patrols at cafes and other places where youths go to drink. "There are strong that indications alcohol sellers want to intimidate us."
Indonesia is a secular state with more Muslims than any other in the world, but most people practice a moderate form of the faith.
Aceh, the province hardest hit by the 2004 tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen nations, enjoys semiautonomy from the central government because of a long-running Islamic insurgency that ended soon after the killer waves hit.
It implemented a version of Islamic law in 2001.


Updated : 2021-03-05 18:20 GMT+08:00