Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Police find motive of Clergyman's murder

National Police Chief General Sutanto said here on Tuesday that the police had found the motive behind the murder on Monday of a Christian priest in Palu, Central Sulawesi. "We will disclose it after the perpetrators have been captured," he said after inaugurating 294 Police Academy graduates. Sutanto said that the police were still hunting down the murderers. "We will inform the media if there are new developments," he said. He said the police had already questioned witnesses but declined to disclose their number. He also declined when asked if the perpetrators locals or coming from another region. "Just wait and see. We cannot make guesses. We will tell you if we have found the perpetrators," he said. Sutanto said he would not send reinforcements to the region to maintain security there. Reverend Irianto Kongkoli was shot to death by a masked gunman while he was at a building materials store at around 8.30 am on Monday. The general secretary of the Central Sulawesi Christian Church Synod Council was with his wife and child when the attack occurred. His wife and child were unharmed, but gunman fled with a friend who was waiting on a motorbike.

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