Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Another Bomb blast rocks Poso

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A bomb blast again disturbed the composure of residents in the former sectarian conflict-torn Poso city, Central Sulawesi, on Monday evening. The blast, this time happened at 19:15 local time in an empty house in Lorong Dolidi Dawa, Pulau Nias Street, Poso district, abandoned by its owner after being gutted by fire in the past. "There are no casualties and material losses in the blast," Wirabuna Regional Military Commander May. Gen. Arief Budi Sampurno told ANTARA News here Monday evening. Until now the police is still trying to find the cause of the blast, he added. In the period following the execution of Fabianus Tibo, Dominggusda Silva and Marinus Riwu, there have been six bomb blasts. At least one resident was injured in the bomb blasts. On Monday morning, Reverend Irianto Kongkoli was found dead, and the police were still after the killer. Commander Arief further explained that there was no extra security precautions in the post murder period. The Indonesian National Defence Forces (TNI) was ready to take extra security precautions and even to help the police in unravelling the latest case of the murder of reverend Kongkoli. The National Police Chief said the murder may be linked to the execution of Tibo and his friends.

Because Rev. Irianto protested against the executions, he is gunned down in broad daylight? Who would want him dead? The Police? Muslim Politicians? Muslim militants?

It's obvious that the army and extra security are inept in deterring violence and Muslim militants feel secure to continue their reign of terror in Central Sulawesi. Christians feel threatened by the extra security presence, as they don't trust police and army which helped Muslims kill Christians during the past conflict. The only viable solution is for possibly an Australian or international security force to be deployed to protect Christians.

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