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Wild mob beats 3 people to death with machetes, sticks rocks in Indonesia

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Published on Feb 8, 2011

[This report contains images which some viewers may find distressing.]
Anti-Ahmadiyah Violence in Cikeusik Indonesia

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that police and government officials failed to prevent the attack against Ahmadiyah members in Cikeusik, Pandeglang, Banten, on Sunday. He promised to penalize police and regional officials guilty of negligence in the attacks.


"We cannot tolerate this incident and it cannot reoccur," said Yudhoyono in a press conference at the Presidential office yesterday.


According to the President, the attack that killed three Ahmadiyah members could have been prevented. However, the preventive efforts made by the police were ineffective. "I want every party to be on alert and not underestimate the situation," he said.


The police, Yudhoyono said, should have actively taken preventive measures when signs of tension first appeared. "They should not wait for the clash to happen," the President said.


Ahmadiyah Indonesia spokesperson, Zafrullah Pontoh, said the murder on Sunday took place in front of the police. When 20 Ahmadiyah youths were chased by a thousand people, Pontoh said, the police remained still.


National Police Commission member, Novel Ali, agreed the police failed to protect Ahmadiyah members. "Their preventive and intelligence functions did not work well," he said yesterday.


Indonesian Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo, said he would penalize the perpetrators of the attack. "Whoever violates the law will be strictly punished," said Timur at the police headquarters yesterday.

Footage has emerged of a gang of Muslim men beating to death three members of the Ahmadiyah sect in Indonesia.

The attack has been condemned by rights groups and the government, but some say a 3-year-old law banning Ahmadis from spreading their faith incited the violence.

Al Jazeera's Step Vaessen in Jakarta has more.

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