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Sect evacuated, leader arrested after Sukabumi mayhem

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 23 2012   /  10:02 am

The police have arrested the leader of the At Tijaniyah sect and evacuated 138 of its members following attacks on the group on Sunday in Cisalopa village in Sukabumi, West Java.

The evacuation was carried out by police officers and Indonesian Military (TNI) troops, West Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Martinus Sitompul confirmed on Wednesday.

Police evacuated members of the minority Muslim group after local residents attacked them and burned down their homes in apparent retaliation for the death of Edin, a leader of a local mass organization, who was allegedly killed by the sect’s leader, Sumarna.

Religious Affairs Ministry spokesman Zainuddin Daulay said on Wednesday that officials were still on vacation for Idul Fitri and had not had a chance to investigate the violence.

Zainuddin said that the ministry would turn the case over to external experts, such ...