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Jakarta Post

RI condemns Chapel Hill shootings

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 13, 2015   /  10:31 pm

The Indonesian government condemned on Friday the fatal shootings of three young Muslim Americans in the North Carolina university town of Chapel Hill, US, which has drawn global attention.

'€œWe strongly condemn violence against any group in society. Violence is not a solution to anything,'€ Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir said during a press conference on Friday in Jakarta.

Arrmanatha said Indonesia hoped the US government would uphold justice for the victims, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his new wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her 19-year-old sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, who authorities say were killed by a neighbor in Chapel Hill on Feb. 10.

The alleged killer, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was believed to be strongly opposed to religion, as his Facebook page showed dozens of anti-religious posts, including proclamations denouncing Christianity, Mormonism and Islam.

Police said they were investigating Tuesday's fatal shootings as a parking dispute, but the victims' families repeated their belief that the attack was religiously motivated.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized US President Barack Obama's silence on the killing, urging him Thursday to take a position on the triple shooting.

More than 5,000 people gathered for the funeral of the three university students on Thursday.

Arrmanatha said the Indonesian government would closely monitor the case.(+++)