Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Indonesia police kill terror suspect, arrest two
Suspects believed to have links to several terrorism groups
- Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
- October 18, 2013
Anti-terrorism police in Indonesia shot dead a suspected terrorist and arrested two others on Thursday in an ongoing crackdown on terror groups.
The shooting took place after the single named suspect, Suardi, opened fire on members of the Special Detachment 88 during a raid in Bone district, of South Sulawesi province, a police spokesman said.
“The dead man was … a 50-year-old teacher at an elementary school in Bone district. He was shot in the chest because he resisted arrest,” National Police spokesman Senior Commander Ronny Franky Sompie said on Friday.
Two guns, nine bullets, a machete, two kgs of fertilizer and a car were also seized, he said.
Two other suspects identified by the single names Jodi and Ukm were arrested and taken to Makassar, the provincial capital.
“Investigations are ongoing. Today they [Special Detachment 88] are conducting searches of the homes of the three suspects,” Sompie said.
They were wanted in connection with a 2005 attack on a police post in Ambon, Maluku, in which five policemen died. They are also believed to have links to a terror network led by Abu Uswah, who was shot dead in January.
His network is thought to be responsible for an attack on the provincial governor in 2012.
Terrorism expert Noor Huda Ismail told ucanews.com that the suspected militants also had connections to terror networks led by Abu Umar and a suspect known only as Santoso.
Abu Umar was jailed for 10 years in May 2012 for smuggling firearms into Indonesia and running a paramilitary training camp in South Sulawesi.
He is also thought to have supplied the weapons for the attack on the Ambon police post.
Santoso, the leader of the East Indonesia Mujahideen, is suspected of committing a number of terror attacks in Poso, Central Sulawesi. He remains at large.
“In the Sulawesi region, both networks are still strong,” Ismail said.