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 >>
The remains believed to have been from the Indonesian airliner, which was missing Sunday after it crashed with 54 people on board, have been spotted by a search plane in the Oktabe district of Papua province on Monday.
Suprasetyo, Indonesia's director general of air transportation said details are still being verified, but several villagers said they saw a plane crash into a mountainside.
The rescue teams that put their searches on hold will once again resume aerial and ground searches to confirm the reports provided by villagers. more >>
Australian reports have claimed that support for the Islamic State terror group is rising in Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, with an active recruitment center operating in the capital, Jakarta.
Fairfax Media reported on exclusive footage obtained through Indonesian terrorism analyst and documentary filmmaker Noor Huda Ismail, which shows young Indonesian men inside the al-Fataa mosque pledging allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
IS has recruited tens of thousands of foreign fighters from across the world in its efforts to establish an Islamic Caliphate on the territories of Iraq and Syria, and has rallied extremist factions from various countries. more >>