Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Military sends two platoons to Poso

Brimob arrive at Palu

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The National Defence Force (TNI) has sent two platoons of troops to help police keep peace and order in the eastern Indonesian town of Poso as tension is escalating in the wake of the execution on Sept 22 of three death row convicts. "We have sent two platoons of soldiers to assist local security agencies in securing situation there," TNI chief Marshal Djoko Suyanto said here on Tuesday. The despatch of troops at the request of the local police has met the standing procedure, he said. Tension has been escalating in formerly sectarian conflict-torn Poso over the past few days with angry mobs vandalizing the local police office last Friday night. Three bomb explosions occurred in the town between 01.00 and 02.00 am on Sunday, but no casualty was reported. In response, police have sent reinforcements to the town to maintain security there.

The only reason it will keep escalating now is because so many pro-Muslim police and military are in the area, that the Muslim troublemakers and militants feel safe to continue their attacks against Christians.

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