Looks like the fears of increased jihadist violence against Indonesian Christians during the holiday season were warranted, according to the Associated Press:
A bomb ripped through a crowded meat market Saturday in an Indonesian province that has been plagued by sectarian violence, killing at least eight people and wounding 45, officials said. Many of the victims were believed to be Christians.
The attack occurred in the town of Palu on Sulawesi island as people were preparing for New Year’s Eve celebrations, flocking to the morning market that sold and slaughtered pigs, said Brig. Gen. Oegroseno, police chief of Central Sulawesi province.
The bomb appeared to be a homemade device, he said, loaded with ball bearings and nails to maximize the number casualties.
“The explosion was so loud, I couldn’t hear for a couple of seconds,” said Tega, a resident who lives nearby and uses only one name, like many Indonesians. “I ran out of my house and saw bodies lying around.”