Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Indonesian churches concerned about the killing

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) expressed concern here on Monday over the killing of Reverand Irianto Kongkoli, general secretary of the Central Sulawesi Christian Church, earlier in the day. "The incident indicates that the government is not yet capable of protecting its citizens," the chairman of the Executive Council of the PGI, Rev Andreas Yewanggoe, said in a press statement. In connection with the incident, he urged the government to solve the Poso problem thoroughly with a view to improving security in Palu, Poso, Tentena and their sorroundings which had remained susceptible to violence until now, and to capture the killers. He said the PGI called on the family of the victim and church members not to be provoked by the incident and also called on different religious followers in the region not to be trapped into efforts to pit one group in the community against another. Rev Irianto was shot to death while he was at a building materials shop by two unidentified men riding on a motorcycle. He was with his wife, Rita Kupa, who is also a police officer, and his adopted child Gea (4) when the incident occurred. His wife and child however survived the incident.

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home