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Jokowi orders police to probe Samarinda church attack

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has urged the police to investigate Sunday’s attack on the Oikumene Christian Church in Samarinda, East Kalimantan.

“I have received the report from the police and I have ordered the National Police Chief to enforce the law firmly,” Jokowi said after attending a national leadership meeting of the National Mandate Party as reported by kompas.com.

He added he had also asked the police to question the perpetrator thoroughly.

Earlier in the morning, the perpetrator threw Molotov cocktails at the church, injuring at least four children.

Members of the church chased the perpetrator and managed to catch him before handing him over to the police.

The police said that the perpetrator, identified as Johanda alias Jo Muhammad Aceng Kurnia, 32, was a former terrorism convict.

Johanda, a resident of Sengkotek, Samarinda, was once sentenced to three and a half years in prison for a bomb plot in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten, in 2012. (jun)

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