Police no wiser on ‘ninja’ gunmen

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Hundreds of police Mobile Brigade reinforcements were flown into the town of Poso this afternoon to prevent further clashes between Christians and Muslims after seven people were wounded in the Saturday night shooting attack.

The three gunmen, mounted on a single motorbike and wearing black clothes and masks, opened fire with M-16 assault rifles on the Tabernacle church in Kilo village, near Poso, and then fled before local police could arrive.

Meanwhile, some candidates in Indonesia’s recent national elections warned fresh fighting could also occur in the Maluku capital of Ambon after voting split between the main Christian party and the conservative Muslim PKS, instead of large secular parties.

M Junis, the Ambon leader of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation, the 30 million strong Nahdlatul Ulama, said both parties would have to work together to prevent religious fanaticism.