Muslim Youth to Help Guard Indonesian Churches at Christmas

More than 90,000 police and soldiers and a moderate Muslim youth group will help guard nearly 50,000 churches across Indonesia, including some previously attacked by terrorists, during the Christmas period.  Brig Gen Dedi Prasetyo, national police spokesman, said Christmas security this year will be focused on churches in 13 provinces. The deployments would be to “anticipate” possible security threats, Prasetyo added.  Among the churches to be tightly secured is Santa Maria Church in Surabaya, which was attacked by suicide bombers on May 13. Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral Church in Jakarta as well as churches in Sumatra, Java and West Nusa Tenggara provinces also have been attacked.  Read more: