Islamophobia breaks out all over: Armed guards posted at Christmas church services in majority Muslim countries



Christmas church services and other celebrations are being held this weekend under the gaze of armed guards and security cameras in many countries after Islamic State gunmen attacked a Methodist church in Pakistan as a Sunday service began.

Majority-Muslim countries in Asia and the Middle East were particularly nervous after US President Donald Trump?s recent announcement he intends to relocate the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a decision that has outraged many Muslims.

In Indonesia, the world?s biggest Muslim-majority country, police said they had stepped up security around churches and tourist sites, mindful of near-simultaneous attacks on churches there at Christmas in 2000 that killed about 20 people.

Muslim volunteers in Indonesia are also on standby to provide additional security if requested.

?If our brother and sisters who celebrate Christmas need to maintain their security to worship, we will help,? said Yaqut Chiolil Qoumas, chairman of the youth wing of the Nahdlatul Ulema, one of the country?s biggest Muslim organisations.

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