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Religious leaders condemn attack
Suicide bomber kills himself, injures at least 20 Protestant worshippers after Sunday service
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- September 26, 2011
The bomber struck yesterday morning as the congregation was leaving the Gereja Bethel Injil SepenuhnyaÂ church in Kepunton, Solo, after Sunday worship.
The bomber died, while the injured were taken to two nearby hospitals.
â€śWe condemn the bombing. Itâ€™s a savage and immoral action,â€ť Nurson Wahid, chairman of GP Ansor, the youth wing of the countryâ€™s largest Islamic group Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), said at a press conference at the groupâ€™s headquarters in Jakarta.
He called on the leaders of Nahdlatul Ulama, the Communion of Churches in Indonesia, and the Indonesian Bishopsâ€™ Conference to instruct all faithful to remain alert.
Representatives of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia (PGI) and the Indonesian Bishopsâ€™ Conference were also present at the conference.
â€śWe deplore this attack on churchgoers. It is an insult to God,â€ť said Father Antonius Benny Susetyo, Executive secretary of the bishopsâ€™ Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious. He also called on people to â€śunite in the fight against terrorism.â€ť
Reverend Jeiri Sumampaw of the PGI expressed shock at the bombing.
â€śAgain and again churches are targets for violence,â€ť he lamented.
He said the attack in Solo was surprising because local Protestant pastors had told him that relations between Christians and Muslim in the area were good.
Solo is the home town of Abu Bakar Bashir, thought to be the spiritual leader of the Islamist militant group Jemaah Islamiah.