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Islamic extremists target famed Buddhist temple in Indonesia

August 21, 2014

Islamic extremists in Indonesia are planning to destroy the Temple of Borobudur, an important Buddhist center that is classified as a World Heritage Site, the AsiaNews service reports.

Indonesian officials are strengthening security around the temple, which is sacred to local Buddhists and a major draw for tourism. The site has been targeted by Indonesian supporters of the Islamic State, officials say.

The threat to destroy the Temple of Borobudur recalls the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan in 2001 by the Taliban.


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Aug. 24, 2014 8:36 AM ET USA

    Why call them "extremists"? This kind of activity is common in ALL places dominated by Muslim populations. We don't usually talk about Mafia extremists because we understand that violence is at the heart of their enterprise. It should be no different for those who follow the horrifyingly violent mandates of the Koran and the Sunna.