Friday, November 10, 2006

Trophies of Ramadan: The severed heads of Christian schoolgirls

Reports the Australian.

THREE Christian high school girls were beheaded as a Ramadan "trophy" by Indonesian militants who conceived the idea after a visit to Philippines jihadists, a court heard yesterday.

That's Indonesia and The Phillipines - "moderate" Muslim nations so we're told. However, three severed heads wasn't enough for these followers of the RoP.

The girls' severed heads were dumped in plastic bags in their village in Indonesia's strife-torn Central Sulawesi province, along with a handwritten note threatening more such attacks.

The note read: "Wanted: 100 more Christian heads, teenaged or adult, male or female; blood shall be answered with blood, soul with soul, head with head."

Hasanuddin allegedly returned from a visit to members of Philippines Islamist group the Moro Islamic Liberation Front with tales of how that organisation regularly staged bombings to coincide with Lebaran, the festival that ends the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He later spoke with a preacher in Poso, Central Sulawesi, about whether such a plan could work in Indonesia, but expressed doubt about whether it was appropriate. (My emphasis).

So that's how they celebrate the end of Ramadan in moderate Muslim nations - bombing. However, it was considered inappropriate. So what would be appropriate, if not bombings?

However, after further discussion with friends, he decided that beheading Christians could qualify as an act of Muslim charity.

If that's charity they can keep it.

Conscripting several accomplices at a local pesantren, or Islamic school, he directed one of them, Lilik Purnomo, to seek out "the head of a Christian", prosecutors alleged.

"It would be a great Lebaran trophy if we got a Christian. Go search for the best place for us to find one," Hasanuddin allegedly ordered his companion.

Lilik returned to say he had found an "excellent" target - a group of schoolgirls who travelled to and from class by foot in the Central Sulawesi village of Gebong Rejo. The village is in the district of Poso, where hundreds of people have died in sectarian violence in recent years. (My emphasis again)

Such brave people these jihadis. What they consider an excellent target is a group of schoolgirls walking to school. I suppose it is better to attack someone who is unlikely to fight back if you're a spineless, bottom feeding, blood sucking leech.

The attack was launched the following morning, but only four of the six targeted girls appeared.
Lilik, directing the attack from a nearby hill, told his accomplices to act quickly so that the remaining two girls could still be killed should they appear behind their friends.

Directing the attack by hiding.

The attackers cleanly beheaded three of the students but a fourth, Noviana Malewa, escaped after a struggle and ran away screaming. Her attackers gave chase but were unable to catch her.

So these brave jihadis couldn't even handle four schoolgirls. I suppose it's fortunate for them the other two girls weren't around - they might have got their sorry arses kicked if they had.

Incidentally, the same article also carries this paragraph about the region this took place in, Central Sulawesi ....

Three Christian men were executed there last month for their role in a massacre of Muslims in 2000 and there have been a series of deadly attacks in the province in recent months.

From that you could be forgiven for thinking that the attacks are by Christians on Muslims. I posted about this back in September.

Some background to the Poso conflict can be found here."[T]he first stage in the Poso conflict, Muslims launched an attack on Christians in Poso, following a brawl between a Christian and Muslim youth. Muslims began to burn down churches and Christian homes, culminating in the second phase of the Poso conflict in April 2000 in which hundreds of Christian homes were destroyed, and many were killed."

Many, many Christians have been killed since then - and these are the first Muslims to be tried for violence against Christians, while 3 Christians have already been tried, convicted and executed (in dubious circumstances).


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