The Jakarta Post
Prominent religious preacher Syekh Ali Jaber was attacked by a man, identified only as AA, when the former was giving a sermon at Falahudin Mosque in Bandar Lampung city, Lampung on Sunday.
The 24-year-old man attacked the preacher with a knife, leaving a wound in his right shoulder, kompas.com reported. The attacker was apprehended shortly after the incident.
“The knife was stuck in my shoulder. I pulled it out myself,” Ali said, adding that the attacker tried to stab him again but was blocked by the congregation.
The religious leader hoped that the police would investigate the case thoroughly as he believed the attacker was a “trained” man.
Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi deplored the incident, saying it was an act of crime. The minister further urged authorities to take action against the perpetrator.
“I am very concerned about what happened to Syekh Ali Jaber. The stabbing was an act of crime, and the perpetrator must be legally prosecuted,” Minister Fachrul said in Jakarta on Monday. (vny)