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Jakarta Post

Sectarian conflict looms over Poso

  • Ruslan Sangadji and Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 23 2012   /  08:48 am

A church was set ablaze while a sophisticated explosive device struck a traffic police post in Poso regency, Central Sulawesi, early on Monday, igniting fears of a reoccurrence of the sectarian conflict that once ravaged the Christian-majority regency.

Central Sulawesi Police chief Brig. Gen. Dewa Parsana said a certain terrorist group was suspected to be behind an explosion at the police post in Sintuvu subdistrict, injuring a police officer and a member of
bank security staff who happened to be passing the post at around 6:30 a.m.

“The terrorist group used a sophisticated device in which they detonated the bomb remotely through a mobile handset.”

“The method seems to be similar to the explosive devices found in Surakarta and other places. They are from the same group,” said Dewa, refusing to name the group responsible for the attack.

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