Indonesian Church official condemns bombing ahead of Eid al-Fitr

(UCAN) An official from Semarang Archdiocese has condemned the suicide bombing attack in Solo, Central Java, saying that, whatever the reason, the attack is unwarranted.

The attack happened just as Muslims around the country are preparing for Eid al-Fitr on July 6-7. The Muslim festival marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“All forms and acts of terror are representations of ignorance,” Father Aloysius Budi Purnomo, chairman of archdiocesan commission for interreligious dialogue, told on July 5. “I can only tell people to pity the perpetrators.”

The priest called on the government, intelligence agencies, and police to work together to raise awareness to counter terrorism. “Do not let there be any more victims, on either side,” he said.

Police confirmed that the so called Islamic State sympathizer, Nur Rohman, launched the attack at around 7.30 am July 5, breaking into a police station and blowing himself up, injuring the policeman who tried to stop him from entering.

Rohman died while the injured policeman was taken to hospital for treatment. [More]