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Attack on E. Lombok Ahmadis seen as political gambit

  • Panca Nugraha and Safrin La Batu

    The Jakarta Post

Mataram/Jakarta   /   Mon, June 18 2018   /  02:18 am
Devastated: A man walks by one of the houses belonging to an Ahmadi family that were attacked by unknown assailants on May 19 in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. (Tribunnews.com)

Devastated: A man walks by one of the houses belonging to an Ahmadi family that were attacked by unknown assailants on May 19 in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. (Tribunnews.com)Angry mobs attacked a community of Ahmadis in East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, last month, destroying eight houses, four motorcycles and forcing out 24 villagers from seven families. The unprovoked onslaught came in three waves, on Saturday afternoon of May 19, Saturday night and Sunday morning.  Why police and government authorities were absent when they were most needed during such frightening moments remains a mystery. What people know is that the assailants accomplished their mission; the 24 victims took shelter at a local government property; none of the attackers have been charged and bureaucrats’ sympathy largely goes to the perpetrators. East Lombok acting regent Ahsanul Khalik said the A...