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Jakarta Post

2 dead in Sunni-Shiite mayhem in Madura

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana and Sita W. Dewi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Sampang   /   Mon, August 27 2012   /  06:30 am

Two Shiite followers were killed in the latest religious violence involving Shia community members and an anti-Shia group in Sampang regency in Madura, East Java, on Sunday.

The victims have been identified as Mochamad Kosim, 50, and his brother Tohir, 46. They died of machete wounds. At least four other Shiites were injured during the attack.

At the height of the violence, the mob also set alight dozens of houses belonging to Shiite members in Nangkernang hamlet, Karang Gayam village, in Sampang.

The majority of Indonesians are Sunni Muslims.

Kulsum, the wife of incarcerated Shiite leader Tajul Muluk, confirmed that one Shiite follower was hacked to death and, according to reports from human right activists on the scene, another man, identified as Tohir, was also killed.

“One man died after being attacked with a machete, while all I knew at the time ...