9/8/2021 9:44:21 AM
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Police have arrested 10 people suspected of attacking an Ahmadi mosque and burning a nearby building belonging to the sect in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province.
They are accused of being among a large mob that attacked the mosque in Balai Harapan in Sintang district on Sept. 3.
Most were arrested in raids on their homes on Sept. 5-6, police said. A few others turned themselves in, while a search is ongoing for other suspected attackers.
"Nine of those arrested have been charged in connection with the attack,” West Kalimantan provincial spokesman Donny Go told reporters.
He said they were among at least 200 local Muslims who attacked Miftahul Huda Mosque after Friday prayers, forcing police and soldiers to evacuate 72 Ahmadiyah followers.
Nobody was hurt during the incident.
Indonesian Ahmadiyya Followers (JAI) spokesman Yendra Budiana said the attack on its members happened after the Sintang district government issued a letter on Aug. 27 banning all activities at the mosque including worship.
"The local government urged kami to close permanently Miftahul Huda Mosque and banned worship," Budiana told UCA News.
After Islamic prayers, he said, the mob went to the mosque and tried to burn it but they were prevented by police so pelted it with rocks.
"We have been receiving threats and faced acts of intimidation since early last month," he said, adding that the Ahmadi community has been in Sintang since 2004 and the mosque was built in 2007.