Six suspected supporters of firebrand cleric in Indonesia police kill to shelling.
Jakarta Police Chief Fadil Imran told a news conference that the incident took place on a highway in the early hours of Monday.
Jakarta capital of Indonesia police chief Fadil said they kill six suspected supporters a vehicle attacked at a stage following a vehicle on the highway from the idea that it was carrying supporters of the firebrand cleric. And Islamic Defenders Front (IDF) chief Muhammad Rizieq Shihab.
The conservative Islamist group IDF has recently become politically influential in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, Reuters reported.
Rizieq Shihab 55-year-old group’s leader fled the country in 2017 to Saudi Arabia in voluntary exile after allegations of contempt for state ideology and pornography.
Proponents of his case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. They allege that all this was done to tarnish his reputation.
Observers believe that Rizieq Shihab‘s popularity has not diminished despite being in self-imposed exile abroad for several years. He returned from exile last month.
When he landed in the capital, Jakarta, thousands of his supporters dressed in white Islamic robes crowded the streets in front of the airport. Ignoring the coronavirus restrictions, they started rushing to kiss the Imam’s hand.
It was the largest rally in Jakarta since the fall of Suharto, Indonesia’s former dictator in 1998.
After returning to the country, Rizieq announced his plans to launch a “moral war” and met with some political and opposition leaders in a matter of weeks.
Police launched an investigation against Rizieq for not complying with health protocol during the epidemic. They have been following his suspected supporters since the beginning of this investigation.
No FPI official was immediately available for comment on Monday’s incident, Reuters reported.
Rizieq Shihab was the head of the radical ‘212’ movement before leaving Indonesia. The movement was led by Basuki Tjahaja Purnama a former Christian governor of Jakarta.
Purnama, better known as ‘Ahok’, has been sentenced to life in prison for contempt of Islam.