Hundreds of Indonesian Shias still take refuge after husseiniyah, homes, school torched
By: Nizam Hussain
JAKARTA, Indonesia: Indonesian police and military
personnel are still on guard to anticipate further violence after
arson attacks committed by an extremist terrorist group in Sampang,
Madura, East Java, toward homes, a boarding school and house of
worship belonging to Shia believers (hussainiyah).
Quoting Chief of Sampang Police Department, Adj. Chief. Comm. Solehan,
VIVA news reported: "Many houses are still left empty as the residents
are still taking refuge."
Solehan said hundreds of villagers of Shia believers fled their homes
to safer places. Earlier, the refugees stayed at the office of
subdistrict head. However, as the numbers increased, they were
Center for Marginalized Communities Studies (CMARS) of Surabaya said
the conflict in Sampang has been on and off since 2004. It climaxed
day before yesterday (Thursday December 29) as an Islamic boarding
school (pesantren) of Shia believers was burnt by around 500
CMARS stated that it was the second time that the arson
took place in December 2011. Earlier, the arson targeted a house of
Shia follower in Blu'uran Village, Sampang, Dec 20.
“People are still furious. The situation is not yet back to normal,”
said Chief of East Java Police Public Relations, Comm. Rahmad Mulyana
Mulyana said that police are still holding talks with the people who
committed the arson. “We are asking them not to continue their
action,” he said.
A number of Mobile Brigade police officers were also sent to the
location. Their job is to isolate the area so that the riot will not
spread to other areas. “Negotiation is still underway. The isolation
of Sampang area has been made,” he said.
The extremists did not accept the building of Shias place of worship
in their neighborhood.
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