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Mob attacks two churches in Indonesia after blasphemy row

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A statue of Jesus Christ is left smashed on the floor at a church that was attacked by Muslim hardliners in Temanggung, Central Java, Indonesia on Feb. 8. Hundreds of Islamic hard-liners stormed a courthouse and set two churches on fire to protest what they considered a lenient sentence for a Christian convicted of blaspheming Islam.

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Police stand guard after a riot in Temanggung on Feb. 8. Hundreds of Islamic hard-liners stormed a courthouse and set two churches on fire to protest what they considered a lenient sentence for a Christian convicted of blaspheming Islam.Witnesses said at least nine people were rushed to the hospital with injuries and police led away some protesters for questioning.

Hundreds of Islamic hard-liners stormed a courthouse and set two churches on fire today in central Indonesia to protest what they considered a lenient sentence for a Christian convicted of blaspheming Islam.

Antonius Richmond Bawengan, 58, was found guilty of distributing books and leaflets that "spread hatred about Islam" and sentenced to five years for blasphemy.

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