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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Insulted Moslems Riot

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Thousands of Moslems took to the streets, ransacking churches, banks, shops and cars after a Chinese Christian trader reportedly insulted Islam, police and witnesses said.


Police reported no casualties and said the violence Thursday was brought under control after three truckloads of troops armed with automatic weapons moved into the town of Rengasdengklok, 50 kilometers east of Jakarta.


Police sergeant Jumhalim said the unidentified Chinese trader sought police protection after the mob set fire to his home and shop. No one has been arrested, said Jumhalim, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.


Four churches, scores of shops, two banks and a Chinese temple were ransacked. The mob also stoned and wrecked 18 cars, setting fire to some of them.