A Christian priest has been shot dead on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, where religious tensions are high after the execution of three Catholic militants. The Rev Irianto Kongkoli was shot in the head while shopping in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province.
The Rev Kongkoli was buying construction materials at a shop when he was targeted, a spokesman for the provincial government’s information bureau said.
“He had finished bargaining for some tiles when someone called him back into the store. When he entered, two shots were fired at the back of his head,” Jethan Towakit told Reuters news agency.
Central Sulawesi governor Bandjela Paliudju told reporters he believed the killing may have been linked to last month’s executions.
“He was an outspoken priest who many times led Christian protests against the executions,” Mr Paliudju said.
A police investigation is underway. “We need to make sure such killings do not happen again,” national police chief Gen Sutanto said.
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