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Jakarta Post

10 years later, Christmas Eve bombs leave many in fear

  • Hasyim Widhiarto

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, December 23 2010   /  10:40 am

A string of coordinated attacks on churches on Christmas Eve 10 years ago have kept Christian communities living in fear of another attacks by terrorist groups. The Jakarta Post’s Hasyim Widhiarto explores how the incident has traumatized the community. Here are the stories:

Simultaneous attacks on more than 25 churches in 11 cities on Christmas Eve 2000 introduced the country to a new era of terrorism.

Parcel bombs made and planted by members of Jamaah Islamiyah (JI), a regional terrorist group fighting for the establishment of a regional caliphate, killed at least 16 people and injured more than 100 – most of them Christians attending mass.

The bloody bombings were the third terrorist attacks that year, following one in Medan, North Sumatra, which devastated two churches, and another at the residence of the Philippine ambassador in Menteng, Central Jakarta.