In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Twitter account of the Indonesian Prime Minister, Joko Widodo, posted an image of a message from a woman calling herself ‘Punjabi Woman’.
The tweet has since been deleted.
The message read: ‘If you are Muslim please do not worry.
We are all Muslims.
If you are a Christian please do NOT worry.
Muslims are safe and will be safe.
If the Muslim world is a Muslim world please stop your anti-Muslim propaganda.’
Punjab, the country in northern India, is one of the countries where Indonesia is considered the most dangerous.
According to a 2016 report by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), Indonesia accounted for the highest number of violent jihadist attacks in the world in the years 2015 and 2016.
In 2018, Indonesia was one of more than 40 countries with an increase in attacks, with the country experiencing the largest rise in jihadist attacks, and the highest rise in total attacks.
In the wake of the attack, Indonesia’s PM condemned the terrorist attack, and warned against further violence.
The message in the tweet read:If you’re Muslim please don’t worry.
But if you are Christian, please do worry.
Muslims are safe.
Muslims will be safely.
Muslims and Christians are safe Indonesia is safe.
Indonesia is safer.
Indonesian PM Joko Widi (@jokowidi) June 26, 2019The tweet, which was later deleted, was a reference to a statement issued by the Indonesian Government on June 26 by the Minister of Justice, Datuk Seri Setyo Mokdad, who also said the attack was “reprehensible”.
The statement read: “The perpetrators of this heinous crime must be brought to justice.
We condemn this crime, which is an abomination, and call for an immediate investigation into the perpetrators and their involvement.
The perpetrators must be prosecuted.”
Punja and Joko were speaking to a gathering of local and international journalists, when the Twitter message was first posted.
The tweet was also shared on the Twitter group @Punjahap.
In response to the tweet, Pramila Jayapal, the new Home Minister of Indonesia, condemned the attack and called for an investigation into who was behind the attack.
She also urged Indonesian citizens to be vigilant, and said it was “highly likely” that the perpetrator was not a citizen of Indonesia.