A policeman holds a rifle as he stands guard in front of a burned church at Suka Makmur Village in Aceh Singkil, Indonesia Aceh province, October 18, 2015. REUTERS/YT Haryono
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Authorities in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province Monday began tearing down several small Christian churches after hard-line Muslims demanded their closure, citing a lack of building permits, and following religious violence.Tensions are high among the ethnically and religiously diverse population of Aceh Singkil, where last week a mob burned down a church, leaving one person dead and forcing thousands of Christians to flee the area. Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population and the vast majority of its citizens practice a moderate form of the religion. Muslim residents, including members of the hard-line group Islamic Defenders Front, had demanded that 10 churches be closed.
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