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Jakarta Post

Latest attack damages mosque in W. Java

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Sat, April 21 2012   /  10:49 am

A crowd of around 150 people from various Islamic organizations, including local residents, reportedly vandalized on Friday the only mosque left for Ahmadiyah followers in Singaparna, Tasikmalaya, still used to hold their prayers.

The attack was reported to have taken place around 10 a.m.

Ahmadis Enda Juanda said the situation was tense from around 9 a.m. as the crowd began to assemble and some began wearing white and green robes.

“They shouted and yelled, but only at the start, before they eventually started throwing rocks, shattering glass windows, and breaking into the mosque,” Enda told The Jakarta Post by phone.

Enda was inside the mosque with fellow Ahmadis Didi, while around 25 others were watching the attack from outside the mosque.

He said the crowd burned carpets and praying mats. He fled with Didi when the attackers tried to chase them....