And so it begins, the bloody month of Ramadan. Tonight begins the month of holy terror for millions of people around the world.
The New York Times scrubs, scours all motive from the mass slaughter in the cause of Islam roiling Indonesia.
“Ramadan is not sacred in the way Westerners will understand sacred. It’s sacred because it is for Allah and the cause of Allah,” Rashid says. Muhammad fought several battles during Ramadan, including the Battle of Badr, Al-Fatiha and Guadalete.
Rashid points out that Muhammad made a deal with his followers that if they kill, they will get paradise.
“That’s actually a verse in the Quran, it’s in chapter 9:111. It says the following, I’m reading from an English translation: ‘Indeed, Allah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties (in exchange) for that they will have Paradise. They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed.’ So if you die as a martyr in Islam you’re dying for the cause of Allah and Allah will give you paradise in the after-life,” said Rashid…. more.
Indonesia Sword Attack on Police Follows String of Deadly Bombings
Two of the men who the authorities say attacked a police station lay dead at the scene Wednesday in Pekanbaru, Indonesia. One officer died after the attackers struck him with their car, the police said.CreditAntara Foto,via Reuters
By Joe Cochrane and Hannah Beech, New York Times, May 16, 2018
JAKARTA, Indonesia — In the latest of a wave of apparent terrorist attacks in Indonesia, four sword-wielding men were shot dead on Wednesday after ramming a car into a security checkpoint at a provincial police headquarters on the island of Sumatra and attacking officers, the police said.
One police officer died in a hospital after being hit by the vehicle, while two others suffered cuts in the attack, which happened shortly after 9 a.m. in Pekanbaru, the capital of Riau Province in central Sumatra, Inspector General Setyo Wasisto, a spokesman for the national police, told reporters.
“When entering, their car was blocked by Riau police officers. They then got out of the car and attacked the police guards using long swords,” he said.
An Indonesian news reporter who happened to be on the scene was also hurt.
A fifth person in the attackers’ car drove off, hitting the police officer who later died, before eventually being captured by pursuing officers.
The attack in Sumatra followed a string of bombings halfway across the sprawling country, in East Java Province, where a family of six suicide bombers including children attacked three churches in the provincial capital, Surabaya, on Sunday, killing 12 people and themselves.
On Sunday night, a woman and one of her children were killed in a bomb explosion inside their home in a suburb of Surabaya as the police moved in to make arrests. The father was shot dead by the police.
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