Three Dead in Fatal Religious Dispute in Aceh

Source: Jakarta Globe: By Farouk Arnaz

Three people affiliated with a supposedly heretical religious group were slain by an angry mob in Bireuen, Aceh, on Friday.

The incident occurred after a few hundred people arrived at the home of Tengku Aiyub Syahkuban in Jambo Dalam Village at 10:30 p.m. while he was congregating with members of his allegedly blasphemous religious study group.

The mob demanded that Aiyub and his cohorts stop what they were doing, but the congregation refused.

 “Aiyub and his followers were brandishing machetes,” Sr. Comr. Gustav Leo of the Aceh Police told the Jakarta Globe on Saturday. “As a result, the mob reorganized and came back to the house with 1,500 people and proceeded to attack the religious group.”

Though police arrived at the scene, they could not doing anything to quell the ensuing pandemonium. The horde proceeded to burn down Aiyub’s house, killing Aiyub and a man named Muntasir in the process.

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