Sunday, September 10, 2006

Bomb Update in Poso

A 20-YEAR-OLD woman died when a small bomb hidden inside a torch exploded in Indonesia's strife-torn Poso region in Central Sulawesi province, police said today.The bomb went off when the woman switched on the torch lying outside her house in Kawua village late last night.
It was the second blast in Poso in a week. Last Wednesday, a 50-year-old man died when a bomb exploded in an otherwise empty building.
Police said they did not know whether the bombings were connected with Government plans to execute three Christian militants convicted for killing Muslims during earlier violence in the area.
Poso was the scene of fighting between Muslims and Christians that killed around 2,000 people from 1998 to 2001 before a peace accord took effect. Since then, there have been sporadic outbreaks of violence and bombings in the region.
Around 85 per cent of Indonesia's 220 million people are Muslim, most of them moderates, but Islamic militancy is on the rise through small but vocal, radical groups.
Some areas in eastern Indonesia, such as Poso, have roughly equal proportions of Muslims and Christians.


One report says it was a man who had a bomb thrown in his lap by two men on a motorcycle and two reports say it was a woman who picked up a flashlight. I wish they would clarify. What has happened is another tragedy because the police and government won't do their jobs and enforce the truce. In another report from AP Digital reports:

"Tensions are rising on Sulawesi amid plans by authorities to execute three Christian militants for their role in several bloody rounds of religious violence between 1999 and 2002."
"Christians groups are protesting against the planned executions, while Muslim activists are demanding the three men die."
"While a ceasefire ended the fighting in 2002, sporadic attacks have continued, mostly carried out by Islamic militants against Christian men, women and children."



Full article is at Bomb Kills Woman

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