23 December 2007
JAKARTA - Masked men early Sunday vandalised a mosque and four houses
belonging to an Islamic sect considered deviant by many Muslims in the
second attack on the group this month in Indonesia, a report said.
Some 30 people wearing masks and riding motorcycles attacked an
Ahmadiyah mosque in Sadasari village in West Java province, online
news site Detikcom reported.
'There was the sound of motorcycles and when we came out, several
things in the mosque, such as the carpets, were set on fire,' a local
resident was quoted as saying by Detikcom.
Police were investigating the incident.
It was the second attack this month on a settlement of Ahmadiyah,
which is considered deviant by many Muslims since it believes Mohammed
was not the final prophet, contradicting a central tenet of mainstream
Hundreds of Muslims attacked a housing complex belonging to the same
sect in a neighbouring district last week, damaging 14 houses and two
Sunday's incident came despite a warning by the country's Vice
President Jusuf Kalla that police have been ordered to act firmly
against such attackers.
Around 200 members of Ahmadiyah were forced to move to temporary
shelters on the Muslim island of Lombok, near Bali, after hardline
Muslims attacked their homes and mosques early last year.