Terrorist Attack at Indonesian Church Kills Toddler, Wounded Three Other Children

Photo Credit: Gunawan Kartapranata
Photo Credit: Gunawan Kartapranata

(Time) A man formerly convicted of terrorist offenses has been arrested for allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Protestant church in Samarinda, in Indonesia’s East Kalimantan province, on Sunday morning, killing a toddler and wounding three other children.

On Monday, at around 3 a.m. local time, a Buddhist temple in Singkawang, West Kalimantan province, was firebombed. Hours later, a Catholic church in Batu, on the eastern part of Java, received a phone call threatening a bomb attack.

In the Samarinda attack, the children were playing in the front yard of the Oikumene Church when the suspect, Juhanda, a.k.a. Jo bin Muhammad Aceng, lobbed the bomb, Kompas daily reported. Intan Marbun, said to be 2 or 3 years old, suffered severe burns and died in the early hours of Monday morning. The other three children are between 2 and 3 years old.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    May God protect His people. Indonesia, an Islamic nation, needs religious freedom.

    • Palsgraf’s Scale

      The Indonesian constitution protects the right of religious freedom, and has six officially recognized religions: Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Confucianism.

      They have religious freedom. That wasn’t the issue here.

  • Pottendorf

    Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.