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COMMENTARY: Muslims a target, not merely collateral damage

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 3, 2017   /  09:32 am
COMMENTARY: Muslims a target, not merely collateral damage Police officers cordon off the road in front of the Faletehan mosque in the vicinity of National Police headquarters in South Jakarta on Friday night following an attack launched by an unidentified man on two police officers. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

The latest terrorist attack on Indonesian soil has sent a clear and chilling message to Indonesian Muslims: no matter how devout you are, you could easily be classified as infidels by extremists and therefore regarded as legitimate targets. Adj. Comr. Dede Suhatmi and First Brig. M. Syaiful Bakhtiar had just finished their evening prayers at Falatehan Mosque across from the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta on Friday, when a man shouting “Thogut!” attacked them with a knife bayonet. The officers are not members of the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad, which is directly involved in the bloody war against local militants. They are just ordinary Muslims who were carrying out their religious duty. But that did not stop the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Mulyadi, from attacking them. The officers survived the attack and the assailan...