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Indonesia: police thwart bombing of Catholic parish

April 22, 2011

Indonesian security forces have thwarted Islamic militants’ plans to bomb a Catholic parish outside Jakarta. Five huge bombs, buried near the parish, had been scheduled to detonate on Good Friday morning. Authorities made 19 arrests in connection with the planned bombing and vowed to increase security at churches.

3% of the nation’s 228.5 million people are Catholics, according to Vatican statistics. 6% are Protestant, and 86% are Muslim.


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