Makassar. Police in the South Sulawesi capital have named the head of the armed wing of the hard-line Islamic Defenders Front a suspect in an attack on Sunday against the beleaguered Ahmadiyah sect.
Adj. Sr. Comr. Himawan Sugeha, the Makassar Police chief of detectives, said that Abdurrahman, the head of the Islamic Defenders Force (LPI), had been arrested and would be charged with incitement to violence for the early morning attack on the Indonesian Ahmadiyah Congregation (JAI) secretariat.
“Abdurrahman himself didn’t take part in the vandalism, but he incited it, for which he could face up to six years in prison,” Himawan said.
In the attack, the LPI, a unit of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), smashed several windows at the JAI complex, including at its mosque, and damaged a car and a motorcycle parked in the compound.
The 30-strong mob also attacked Ahmad, the lone person guarding the JAI secretariat, and two paralegals from the Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) who tried to stop the attack. None of the three victims suffered serious injuries. LPI members also scuffled with riot police sent to the scene to restore order.
The mob began its rampage on Saturday night, attacking and shutting down food stalls and restaurants in the city.
Himawan said the police were tracking down three FPI members involved in those attacks. He added the police were annoyed by the FPI’s vigilantism.
“We hope they stop carrying out these raids because that’s the police’s job,” he said. “If they just preach then we have no problem with that.”