Nine Islamic groups have reportedly joined forces in a campaign to prepare local mosques to “wage war” on the growing Christian influence in Bekasi, a suburb in West Java, according to Release International. The group is encouraging each local mosque to form its own laskar or “paramilitary unit” to enforce Shariah or strict Islamic practices on local Muslims. The extremists say they are reacting to what they see as the “Christianization” of Bekasi. Mass baptisms of Christians who convert from Islam are cited as a particular issue for concern.

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