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Don't speculate any opinion on church attack: Tito Karnavian

Selasa 13 February 2018 06:39 WIB

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National Police chief Tito Karnavian

National Police chief Tito Karnavian

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He does not want this issue be used to divide the society.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Police Chief Gen Pol Tito Karnavian has asked the people to not speculate and cast opinions on the attack on St. Lidwina Church, Bedog, Yogyakarta Province, which could divide the community. He noted such incidents could trigger conflicts among religious believers.

"Do not speculate on individual and unclear versions. Do not let this issue be used to divide our society," he said at the Jakarta Metropolitan Police office here, Monday.

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Police officers investigate the crime scene in the attack case to St. Lidwina church, Jambon, Trihanggo, Gamping, Sleman, Yogyakarta, on Sunday (Feb 11).

He has further asked the community to remain calm and entrust the handling of the case to the authorities. "Entrust the completion of this case to the police and the government. I have also asked the Indonesian Military Commander to assign his intelligence to explore and investigate the case with the police. We will handle the case based on facts," he remarked.

Karnavian, who was the former head of National Counterterrorism Agency, has also ordered his staff to strengthen security at places of worship. In this case, the police have questioned 11 witnesses to track the activities of the suspect, Suliyono, during his stopover in Yogyakarta.

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St Lidwina church located at Padukuhan Bedog, Trihanggo village, Gamping, Sleman District, Yogyakarta.

According to the testimony of witnesses, Suliyono stopped in Yogyakarta on his way from Magelang, Central Java Province to Banyuwangi, East Java Province. Based on the CCTV recordings, the police found that during his stay in Yogyakarta, the suspect stayed in a mosque.

Earlier, 22-year-old Suliyono attacked St. Santa Lidwina Church, Jambon Trihanggo, Gamping, Sleman, Yogyakarta, when Catholics held a mass service on Sunday morning. Four people were injured during the incident. They were two members of the church congregation, identified as John and Budijono; a German priest named Prier; and a policeman, Adjunct Police Inspector One Munir.

Suliyono, a resident of Krajan, Pesanggrahan Banyuwangi, East Java Province, was shot in the attack. The perpetrator was taken to the hospital of Gadjah Mada University, Sleman, to undergo treatment. The victims were treated at the Panti Rapih Hospital, Sleman.

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