A known radical Islamic jihadist attacked parishioners outside of a church in a small town in Indonesia recently, wounding four and killing one child with a firebomb.
According to ABC News, the attack took place in Samarinda on the island of Borneo when the previously convicted jihadist tossed a lit Molotov cocktail at a group of people outside the church as he drove past on a motorcycle.
Sadly, a 2-year-old girl named Ade Intan Marbun died from the severe burns and respiratory injuries she suffered in the fiery assault.
“It affected her respiratory system, and efforts to save her failed and she died early Monday,” explained East Kalimantan police spokesman Fajar Setiawan.
The attacker, who was reportedly wearing a shirt that proclaimed “Jihad, Way of Life,” was captured by locals after jumping into a nearby river in his attempt to make an escape.
The Jakarta Post reported that the murderous jihadist’s name was Johanda and that he was suspected of being a sympathizer and possible member of a local Islamic State group affiliate in the predominately Muslim nation.
As with most terrorist attacks, it was presumed that this assault was intended to spark further religious division in the already tense region, potentially provoking an all-out conflict between minority Christians and the Muslims who outnumber them by nearly eight to one in the area.
But that doesn’t appear to have happened, as both Christians and Muslims have strongly condemned the attack, with the Christian victims notably forgoing retaliation while making a point that they are leaving such things in God’s hands.
As for the individual allegedly responsible for the terrifying attack, the U.K. Express reported that he was a 32-year-old man with prior convictions for involvement in terrorism.
Indeed, National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian noted that the jihadist had been sentenced to 42 months in prison in 2012 after being convicted of involvement in a plot to attack a nuclear reactor at the Center for Science and Technology Research in Indonesia as well as the Christ Cathedral Church, both of which are located in the western province of Banten. He was paroled in 2014.
Hopefully this man is held to account for his actions and dealt with in a manner that shows no mercy to one who would murder defenseless children with a firebomb simply because they are of another religion.
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