Indonesia's charismatic ulema sheikh Ali Jaber survives knife attack

Indonesia's charismatic ulema sheikh Ali Jaber survives knife attack

Sheikh Ali Jaber (ANTARA/HO)

Bandarlampung, Lampung (ANTARA) - Indonesia's enigmatic Muslim preacher Sheikh Ali Jaber survived a knife attack while attending an Islamic mass gathering at Falahudin Mosque in Suka Jawa neighborhood of Tanjung Karang Barat Sub-district, Bandar Lampung City, Lampung, on Sunday.

However, this popular ulema suffered a minor injury to his right arm in the sudden attack launched by Alfin Andrian, 24, while he was conversing onstage with two of the event’s participants.

According to a video of the incident circulated on YouTube channel, Andrian, who reportedly resides in proximity to the mosque, was caught by several participants of the event shortly after attacking Ali Jaber.

Tanjung Karang Barat Police Chief Adjunct Commissioner David Sianipar informed ANTARA that Sheikh Ali Jaber was admitted to the Gedong Air Public Health Center for administering medical treatment for the wound he incurred during the stabbing incident while the attacker was detained.

The local police investigator interrogated the suspect to explore the motives behind his sudden knife attack, Sianipar remarked.

Born in Medina, Saudi Arabia, on Feb 3, 1976, Sheikh Ali Jaber, whose full name is Ali Saleh Mohammed Ali Jaber, is widely known as a Muslim preacher and ulema.

Ali Jaber holds an Indonesian citizenship. He is popular among Indonesian Muslims as a juror of Quran memorization contests on the country's TV stations.
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