Islamic Defence Raids Food Store

Makassar. Dozens of members of the Islamic Defenders Front attacked and ransacked a food stall in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Monday.

The attack, sparked by the fact the food outlet was operating during Ramadan, forced a number of shop employees, who were mainly female, and customers out on to the street.

The vigilante group, known as the FPI, took about an hour to destroy the shop before they departed to find other targets, Antara reported.

No police officers were present, the state news agency said.

Antara did not say if the victims where Muslim or Christian.

During the attack, one FPI member yelled references about Poso, Central Sulawesi, where sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians left an estimated 1,000 dead between 2001 and 2002.

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