Release International is calling for prayer for Indonesian Christians after four people were brutally killed in an attack in Central Sulawesi.
Release contacts say one Christian was beheaded, two mutilated and another burned to death in an Islamic State-inspired attack on their village in Lewonu Lembantongoa.
The attackers struck on Friday morning, burning down a home used as a Salvation Army prayer room, along with seven other houses. News reports say the militants attacked the villagers with swords and guns, driving up to 750 from their homes.
Rescue workers arrived at the scene while smoke was still rising and filmed a charred victim being pulled from the ruins.
‘It is hard to imagine a more brutal attack,’ says Paul Robinson, the CEO of Release International, which supports persecuted Christians around the world.
A Release contact in Indonesia says: ‘The families are still in shock and will need trauma counselling. Some don’t want to go back to their village.’ Another contact adds: ‘Please pray for the capture of the terrorists.’
Police are framing the attack as an act of terrorism by Islamist insurgents. A group affiliated to Islamic State is being held responsible.
The East Indonesian Mujahedin is one of many groups in the region who have pledged allegiance to ISIS.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service