Sunday, October 30, 2005

Girls beheaded in Indonesia

A truly gruesome story from The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia:

Three teenage Christian girls were beheaded and a fourth was seriously wounded in a savage attack on Saturday by unidentified assailants in the Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi.

The girls were among a group of students from a private Christian high school who were ambushed while walking through a cocoa plantation in Poso Kota subdistrict on their way to class, police Major Riky Naldo said.

The area is close to the provincial capital of Poso, about 1000 kilometres northeast of Jakarta.

Naldo said the heads of the three dead victims were found several kilometres from their bodies.

Read the whole article for background on the Muslim-Christian conflict in Sulawesi and the "wider sectarian war in the nearby Maluku archipelago in which up to 9000 perished between 1999 and 2002".

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