Monday, October 23, 2006

Government urged to overcome security disturbance in Poso

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government is urged to work harder in its bid to overcome various security problems, especially after overnight tensions between people and security personnel in conflict-hit Poso, Central Sulawesi, Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsuddin said here on Monday. "I received information this morning from Poso Muslim spokesman Adnan Arzal that an Islamic boarding school was attacked by a group of unidentified people on Sunday night," Din said after performing Idul Fitri prayers at the Blok S Square in South Jakarta. Following the incident, the Muhammadiyah chairman urged the government, security agencies in particular, to work even harder to arrest the intellectual actors behind the attack. Din added that if the government failed to do so, security disturbance in Poso would fearfully continue to get out of hand. "The attack was a provocation. Therefore, religious community from both Christian and Muslim sides should exercise self restraint in order to prevent the incident from widening," Din noted. On the occasion, he also mentioned that there was information on the presence of several foreign institutions in Central Sulawesi, including Poso. "According to the information, there are several foreign institutions in Central Sulawesi including Poso which are part of the conflict because they are unlikely working sincerely and seriously to develop the local people," he said. Despite the latest security disturbance, he called on Muslims across the country, especially in Poso, to remain calm and avoid further violence.

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