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Child murder witnesses to get counseling
Children as young as three killed in horrific attack
- Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
- November 7, 2012
Yesterday, the National Commission for Child Protection sent several psychologists to Simanosor Village in Central Tapanuli district to help the dozens of child witnesses to the bloody killing.
Local police are still investigating possible motives of the man, identified as Burhan Gultom, who after the attack was killed by local residents, who pelted him with rocks.
The province‚Äôs police spokesperson, Heru Prakoso, said the perpetrator was believed to be mentally ill.
The injured victims remain under intensive treatment in a local hospital.
‚ÄúThe children need mental therapy,‚ÄĚ said Arist Merdeka Sirait, who heads the commission. ‚ÄúThey must be deeply traumatized by the incident.‚ÄĚ
The children were attending Sunday School at the Batak Society Christian Church¬†of Maranatha. At least 20 children will receive counseling services, Sirait said.