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Soon-to-be evangelical minister raped and killed in Indonesia

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on the morning of March 26, the body of a female prospective priest was found in Indonesia’s South Sumatra. The 24-year-old, Melindawati Zidoni, who served at the Indonesian Evangelical Christian Church (GKII) in Air Sugihan district, Ogan Komering Ilir regency, was discovered with no pants and her shirt open, allegedly raped before she was killed. Her nine-year-old companion survived the attack and recounted how the incident unfolded.

On March 25, Melindawati left her church with the child, identified only as “NZ” by the police, riding a motorbike together to a local market at 4:00 p.m. An hour later, when they returned from the trip and crossed a deserted oil palm plantation, they found their path blocked by logs.

Two masked suspects abruptly appeared and assaulted them, forcing them into the plantation, where both of them were restrained and strangled. NZ fainted and was dumped into bushes by the perpetrators who assumed NZ was dead.

Melindawati was then brought to a location 100 meters away, where she was allegedly raped and strangled to death.

Police believe that the suspects might know the victims, since they covered their faces with masks and sarongs, and were seemingly familiar with the site.

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