Monday, October 16, 2006

Reverend gunned down in cold blood in Palu

Palu, C Sulawesi (ANTARA News) - Reverend Irianto Kongkoli, secretary general of Central Sulawesi`s Christian church synod, was gunned down by an unidentified man here Monday morning, eyewitneses said. Eyewitnesses said Irianto, the reverend, was shot when he was about to buy building materials in Sinar Sakti shop on Monginsidi street in Palu subdistrict at 8:15 a.m. local time. "Suddenly a gunfire explosion was heard and the reverend collapsed with gunshot wound on his head" said a witness who spoke on the anonymity. The policemen from the Central Sulawesi district office and the Palu police precinct came to the site of the incident and cordoned of the place, the anonymous person said. Irianto and his wife were rushed to nearby Bala Keslamatan hospital on Wood Ward street, 500 meters away from the material building shop. Unfortunately, the reverend died afterwards. There was no official statement from the police but they directly searched for the perpetrators in Palu city.

A female reverend Susinati Tinulele, 29, was also gunned down when she was delivering a sermon on July 18, 2006. he died instantly after a number of masked gunmen burst into a church in Palu and shot at the Protestant reverend. Four teenage churchgoers were wounded in the shooting incident. Palu and Poso are among Central Sulawesi towns which are haunted by bloody sectarian killings for the past years.

When will the government stop the killing of Christians by Muslims? This is only going to lead to the conflict erupting all over again. It seems the only solution is to allow the Christian dominated areas to secede from Indonesia.

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