Police detain 6 suspects in Pasuruan boarding school attack

Padangekspres.net-The National Police says it has detained three more suspects linked to the attack on the Al Ma'hadul Islam boarding school in Pasuruan, East Java, bringing the total number of arrested suspects to six, an official said Thursday.

“Six suspects are now being detained at Pasuruan Police Office,” National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said Thursday, as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Boy said the suspects were charged with Criminal Code article 170 on the destruction of other people's property.

Police have questioned 30 witnesses in the case.

Six people, including four students, were injured during the attack. The school management says the attack was fueled by difference in religious teachings the school practices, compared to the majority of people in the neighborhood.

However, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali has played down the religion-related claims, asserting that the attack was “merely an ordinary brawl among students”.

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