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Indonesian priest critical after machete attack
telegraph.co.uk ^ | 24/12/04 | unknown

Posted on 12/24/2004 7:12:15 AM PST by flitton

A priest is in a critical condition after being attacked by men armed with machetes on an island where Westerners have been warned they are at risk from Muslim terrorists.

The attack on Indonesia's troubled Sulawesi island came as a massive security operation involving 130,000 officers got underway after intelligence indicated attacks on Western and local targets were being planned by militants in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

The priest, a Christian identified as Jemris Tambalino, was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

He was attack in Poso town by up to five unidentified men as he rode on a motorcycle with a friend this morning.

"He was slashed with machetes wounding his face, while his friend suffered injuries to his hand," S B Rorimpandey, a police official, told Reuters.

"A search for the men is underway," he said, adding it was unclear what denomination the priest belonged to.

Poso is about 900 miles northeast of Jakarta, where more than 2,000 people have died in Muslim-Christian clashes since 1998.

Religious tensions have risen in the run-up to Christmas in Central Sulawesi province, where two small bombs rocked a church in the capital of Palu near Poso during a service on Dec 12.

Motorists also sprayed bullets at another church nearby, wounding three people.

Hundreds of people have died, many of them foreign tourists, in attacks blamed on al-Qa'eda-linked militants in recent years.

Police have said about two-thirds of the total force would patrol churches, shopping centres and other public places during the Christmas and New Year period.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: globaljihad; indonesia; persecution; priest; southeastasia

1 posted on 12/24/2004 7:12:15 AM PST by flitton
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To: flitton

Murderous muslims at it, again? Natch.


2 posted on 12/24/2004 7:36:18 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

I feel sorry for the guy, but, really, those headline writers need to step back and look at their work.


3 posted on 12/24/2004 7:43:00 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

WAKE UP AMERICANS!!!!!!


4 posted on 12/24/2004 7:43:59 AM PST by SweetCaroline (Whenever the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future -REV 20:10)
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To: flitton
I thought I was first this time :-(

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1307942/posts

5 posted on 12/24/2004 7:45:46 AM PST by expatguy ("Fallujah Delenda Est!")
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To: SweetCaroline
15 more minutes until Christmas here !!

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

6 posted on 12/24/2004 7:47:24 AM PST by expatguy ("Fallujah Delenda Est!")
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To: expatguy
Muhammad's Koran-inspired persecution of Christians, Jews and all non-Muslims continues...
7 posted on 12/24/2004 8:48:54 AM PST by miltonim (Fight those who do not believe in Allah. - Koran, Surah IX: 29)
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To: expatguy
Priest attacked; tight security for Indonesia Xmas
8 posted on 12/24/2004 8:50:49 AM PST by miltonim (Fight those who do not believe in Allah. - Koran, Surah IX: 29)
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To: expatguy

I think I had the timezone advantage over you. It was mid afternoon when I found it, isn't it the dead of night where you are? :-)


9 posted on 12/24/2004 9:35:35 AM PST by flitton (Merry Christmas one and all)
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To: flitton

Almost 2am on the 25 December here.


10 posted on 12/24/2004 9:54:18 AM PST by expatguy ("Fallujah Delenda Est!")
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To: flitton

to steal from Mark Twain:

"Nobody got hurt; just a Christian got hacked up with a machete".

...after the prose about the explosion of a boiler on a steamboat..."Nobody got hurt,
just killed two n---ers."


11 posted on 12/24/2004 9:56:27 AM PST by VOA
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To: dennisw; watchin; VOA; timestax; xJones; justshutupandtakeit; TopDog2; ThomasMore; Publius6961; ...
A priest is in a critical condition after being attacked by men armed with machetes on an island where Westerners have been warned they are at risk from Muslim terrorists.

Islam-list

If people want on or off this list, please let me know.

12 posted on 12/24/2004 10:05:25 AM PST by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: flitton

This is detestable!


13 posted on 12/24/2004 5:33:15 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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