The Straits Times
Published on Feb 14, 2013

Churches attacked with petrol bombs in Indonesia


JAKARTA (AFP) - Attackers threw petrol bombs at three churches in central Indonesia Thursday, in the latest assault on religious minorities in the world's biggest Muslim-populated nation.

Police in the south of Sulawesi island reported three consecutive attacks between one and four in the morning, national police spokesman Agus Riyanto told reporters.

"As we understand, the attackers threw water bottles filled with flammable materials at the churches," he said, adding that the door of the first church caught fire.

Witnesses managed to put out the flames and the churches were only slightly damaged. No one was hurt, Mr Riyanto said. Attackers hurled petrol bombs at two other churches over the weekend in Sulawesi.