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Aceh continues bulldozing churches

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2015

Aceh Singkil – The Aceh Singkil administration continued on Thursday to demolish 10 churches, which a group of Islamic youths had protested for not having building permits.

Tribunnews.com reported that workers used heavy equipment to knock down Pakpak Dairi Prostestan (GKPPD) Siatas Church in Pertabas village, Simpang district, after dozens of public order officers failed to demolish the church manually.

A church in Suka Makmur village was burned down by members of the youth group on Oct. 13. One of the group members was shot dead when the group attacked the village. Thousands of residents, mostly Christians, fled for regencies in North Sumatra after the attack.

The police have named 10 people as suspects in the case. Four have been apprehended while the other six remain at large. The Aceh Singkil Police chief has been removed for failing to prevent the incident.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/10/23/island-focus-aceh-continues-bulldozing-churches.html