Well, riccardo, ANTARA is saying something about the matter. Now if they would only put a name on this mysterious "small group of people" ...Non-Islamic, non-Christian group sowing terror in Poso, BIN Chief says
Jakarta (Antara News
) - National Intelligence Agency (BIN) Chief Syamsir Siregar said here Monday a small group of people not belonging to Islamic nor Christian communities in Poso, Central Sulawesi, had been trying to keep on sowing terror in the region.
The small radical group wanted to continue committing acts designed to create unrest in the region`s community, Siregar said after attending a function to mark the 78th anniversary of Youth Pledge Day at the vice presidential office here.
Until now, the group was still in Poso and they had bombs and many other fire arms used in the killing of a Protestant priest by masked men two weeks ago, he said.
Another church minister, Susianti Tinulele, was shot to death by masked men when she was leading a church service in Poso in July 2004 while two school girls were killed and mutilated by unidentified men in Poso in 2005.
Central Sulawesi Governor Paliuju who also attended the Youth Pledge Day function confirmed the existence of small armed groups in Poso, saying this had become evident when policemen on search operations sometimes heard shots they did not fire.
The governor, however, could not name the terror groups but said the government would set up an independent fact-finding team to investigate the bloody crimes in Poso.
The team, he said, would comprise policemen, the military and local residents.
He said the government would not increase the number of security personnel in Poso.
Meanwhile, about a thousand Poso residents staged a demonstration outside the Provincial Legislative Assembly building in Palu, capital of Central Sulawesi, on Monday, urging the government to withdraw all Mobile Brigade police personnel from Poso.
The demonstrators who had first gathered at the Baitul Rahman mosque and then marched to the provincial legislature said the presence of Mobile Brigade personnel in Poso had led to conflicts, rather than creating peace.
They said Mobile Brigade policemen fired at people arbitrarily in the Gebangrejo area in Poso on the eve of the Idul Fitri on October 22.
They asked the government to set up a fact finding team to look into the conflict which had killed a number of people and injured many others.(*)