The Indonesian capital Jakarta experienced a mass "Paris-like" attack with explosions and shootings being carried out across the city, police have said, with at least seven people reported dead so far.
Two civilians were killed and 19 were wounded during the terror attack. Five of the suspected terrorists are also dead and police are now searching for others who were involved in planning the attack, CNN has reported.
BBC News reported on Thursday that the attacks began at about 10:40 a.m. local time after a series of bomb blasts shook the area near Sarinah shopping mall. Authorities said that at least two men carried out a suicide bomb attack on a police box near the intersection of the mall with a Starbucks coffee shop. more >>
Being together as a couple is very much common around the world, but not in Indonesia as a young woman was caned for "affectionate contact" with a man.
According to The Independent, The Jakarta Post reported that 20-year-old Nur Elita received five agonizing lashes for "being too intimate" with Wahyudi Saputra. Commonly called "khalwat" or affectionate contact, it is punishable by law in Indonesia's province of Aceh.
CNN reported that the two were arrested two months ago after they were seen with no other people inside a room. They were then sentenced to caning and were not given the chance to speak for themselves. The outlet also said the two were "unrelated." more >>
The government of Indonesia has said it will deploy close to 1,500 officers to guard Christian churches this coming Christmas season, reportedly fearful of possible ISIS attacks.
Today Online reported that the officers have been dispatched across Indonesia's North Sumatra province, with a mission to protect churches during Christmas and New Year celebrations.
"The security operation has already started at every church," said Commissioner Hamam Wahyudi of the Medan Police. "We're also coordinating with the Mobile Brigade (riot police unit)." more >>
The Gatestone Institute released a report stating that violent jihad and Islamic extremism continues rising against Christian churches in Indonesia.
The American think tank stated earlier this week that instances where Christian churches are being targeted both by Muslim mobs and local authorities are rising, with several violent outbursts reported throughout October.
In one attack in the Aceh region aimed at tearing down Christian churches, Islamic leaders reportedly sent text messages that read "We will not stop hunting Christians and burning churches. Christians are Allah's enemies!" more >>
Authorities in the Aceh province of Indonesia began tearing down a number of Christian churches on Monday at the demand of hardline Muslims, as religious tensions have risen in the province in recent weeks.
According to Reuters, government workers in the Aceh Singkil district used axes and sledgehammers to dismantle several small Christian churches after many hardline Muslims in the area demanded that at least 10 Christian churches be demolished.
BBC reports that over 200 police officers and military personnel protected government workers as they destroyed the church buildings on the grounds that the structures lacked the proper building permits. more >>
Upon reaching the site where the Trigana Air plane that boarded 54 passengers was reported to have crashed, rescue workers weren't able to find any survivors, a senior official has confirmed Tuesday.
Bambang Soelistyo, head of Indonesia's search and rescue agency said the rescue teams were able to recover at least 38 bodies from the scene, but so far, no survivors were found.
On the other hand, he said helicopters have been deployed into the dense areas of the forest to begin evacuation in the eastern Indonesian province of Papua. more >>