Mob attacks Ahmadiyah mosque in Cianjur
Arya Dipa, The Jakarta Post, Bandung | Fri, 02/17/2012 5:46 PM
No one was injured after a group attacked an Ahmadiyah mosque, in Cipeuyeum in Cianjur, West Java, on Friday morning.
“The attack occurred at around 8 a.m. No one was there. The mob tore down the roof, glass windows and damaged the library, as well as a television. There were no casualties,” Hafid, the head of the local Ahmadiyah community, told The Jakarta Post over the telephone on Friday.
After the police told him that demonstrators planned to protest at Nur Hidayah mosque on Friday, Hadi said he asked the 200 members of the community not to hold Friday prayers at Nur Hidayah.
“We are very disappointed. We built this mosque on our own,” he said.
Cianjur Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Agus Tri Heriyanto said that the mayhem occurred when the mob arrived before his planned visit to the mosque to remind the congregation of a decree banning the propagation of Ahmadiyah belief.
“Local residents have reminded the Ahmadis not to hold Friday prayers in the mosque, but to conduct services in other mosques, together with other residents instead. However, [the Ahmadis] did it anyway over the past three weeks,” he said. (swd)