Why are Muslims so frightened of freedom that they will kill people who are praying to God?
A suicide bomber blew himself up inside an Indonesian church as hundreds of worshippers were filing out after the Sunday service, killing 1 and injuring at least 22 people, police said.
The bomber’s mangled body lay at the entrance of the Tenth Bethel Gospel Church. Around him, screaming people were splattered in blood.
Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said the low-intensity device appeared to be attached to the man’s stomach, says the International Business Times.
A woman working at an Internet cafe near the church in the Central Java town of Solo said the man had visited her shop an hour before the explosion and browsed websites about al Qaeda and a local Islamist group.
He left a bag behind containing a copy of the Koran, a mask and a cellphone charger, Rina Ristriningsih told the Associated Press. She said all of the items had been confiscated by police.
Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim nation of 237 million, has been hit by a string of suicide bombings blamed on the al Qaeda-linked network Jemaah Islamiyah and its offshoots since 2002, when a strike on two Bali nightclubs killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.
Critics say President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who relies heavily on Islamic parties in parliament, has remained largely silent as minorities have been attacked by hard-liners or seen their houses of worship torched or closed.
However, he was quick to speak out after Sunday’s attack.
|Indonesian police officer stands guard near an armored vehicle outside a church after an explosion in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. A suicide bomber attacked the church packed with hundreds of worshippers.|
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