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Indonesians hold candles for Christian town bombings

Activists protested and criticized Indonesia's government police for the bombing attacks which killed 22 people on Saturday last week.
( [email protected] ) Jun 01, 2005 06:04 PM EDT

Vigil candlelights glowed throughout last night in the Indonesian town of Tentena, a predominantly 'Christian town' about 1,500 km (900 miles) northeast of Jakarta. Activists protested and criticized Indonesia's government police for the bombing attacks which killed 22 people on Saturday last week.

Eversince, the police have arrested two suspects with weapons in possession within the Tentena Central Sulawesi area. Reportedly, police have not linked the suspects directly to the bombings. According to Reuters, the authorities have blamed Islamic militant groups but denied speculation that a suicide-bomber was linked.

Past bombings within Tentena between the Muslim and Christian communities have killed around 2,000, which subsequently brought a peace deal signed in 2001 between the two religious communities. According to reports, last week bombing attacks were the worst ever since the 2002 Bali blasts.