Terrorist group suspected for killing Christians in Indonesia declared wanted by the Police

There have been a series of killings in Indonesia and Christians have been a major target. In one of its recent attacks, four Christians were murdered and multiple homes were burned down. However, there is a manhunt in Indonesia for the suspects.

A terrorist group in Indonesia has been linked to the dastardly act. One victim was beheaded as well as the throats of some other persons were slit on Friday in a village in Central Sulawesi province according to Reuters. 

In his statement, Human Rights Watch researcher, Andreas Harsono stated that this attack is another serious escalation against the Christian minority in Indonesia." In its findings, Global Persecution Report discovered that Christians are the most persecuted ...and it's accelerating'. Hence, this question has been posed. As global persecution rises, is Christianity disappearing?

In reaction to the sad news, International Christian Concern Regional Manager for Southeast Asia, Gina Goh, said, "ICC mourns the death of the Indonesian brothers and sisters who were brutally murdered by the alleged terrorist. We urge the Indonesian government to take necessary measures to hold him accountable and put him to justice. Such senseless act cannot be tolerated in the country that boasts 'Pancasila,' the state ideology which promotes religious harmony and tolerance." 

Witnesses of the sad event told national police spokesman, Awi Setiyono, that the killers had asked for food from the victims. When the victims refused, they killed them. In addition, Setiyono told a local news channel that the Police are now on ground. 100 people have been assigned to search for the terrorists. 

So far, at least three persons have been identified as suspects of the crime and they are suspected to be members of East Indonesia Mujahideen. More security forces in Central Sulawesi are being deployed to track the other members of the East Indonesia Mujahideen militant group. The former leader, Abu Wardah Santoso, was killed in a shootout with police in 2016. 

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