Indonesian cleric suspect in Papua assault case

Indonesian element of Jihadis declare war on West Papuan, Melanesian Christians
Indonesian element of Jihadis declare war on West Papuan, Melanesian Christians

Indonesian police have named a firebrand Muslim cleric as a suspect in an assault case in Papua

The Jakarta Globe reported that Ja’far Umar Thalib is the former commander of the disbanded Islamist militant organisation Laskar Jihad.

Ja’far, a leading proponent of a puritanical form of Islam with a long history of involvement in sectarian conflict, runs an Islamic boarding school in Keerom district.

Police alleged Ja’far incited his followers to attack the house of a resident in Jayapura, 30 kilometers to the north.

The resident was reportedly confronted at around 5.30am by several sword-wielding people dressed in white.

The pretext for the alleged attack was that he played music too loud and that it disrupted morning prayers at a nearby mosque.

The local chapter of Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body, the Indonesian Ulema Council, previously warned that Ja’far and his followers could disrupt delicate religious harmony in Papua.

Source: RNZ

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