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Another expatís home stormed in religious riot on Lombok MATARAM - A German man was the second foreigner to see his home destroyed in Lombok during the holy month after his complaints about damage to his property interrupted evening prayers. "He barged into the village chiefís house, accusing residents of destroying his statues, and questioned what kind of Muslims we were," Mustan said.

Stephen Alexander, 35, who has lived on the resort island for 10 years, was "loudly" complaining outside the village chiefís home about the destruction of statues he kept in his yard, enciting about 200 residents from Lembah Sari, West Lombok, to ransack his villa and set fire to a motorcycle, said Mustan, a local.

Alexander, who is also a Muslim, had been ďwarnedĒ to remove the statues because they resembled Hindu deities. Residents were reportedly angered by Alexanderís disruption of their prayers. Soon after, the mob had grown to about 200 people, who then gathered outside his villa in the tourist district of Senggigi. Alexander managed to escape the rampage, but was later picked up by police.

It was unclear whether police had placed him in protective custody or detained him pending charges. Hadli, the village chief, said Alexanderís asking "what kind of Muslims are your residents?" had sparked the mobís violent reaction. He added that the German had been impolite, "because he wasnít wearing a shirt while he was complaining."

But when talking to reporters at the police station, Alexander said he had never raised the issue of faith during the prayer session. "I only asked about the two people who destroyed my statues," he said. "I know Islam. I did not bring a knife, I did not do anything. But why did 200 people destroy my house? It is Ramadan now, it is forbidden to be violent."

On Aug. 22, American expatriate Luke Gregory Lloyd was nearly mobbed by villagers in Central Lombok after he allegedly barged into a prayer session at a mosque with his shoes on, unplugged a microphone and may have even assaulted one of the worshipers. Lloyd, who is facing six years in prison after police charged him with blaspheming Islam and immigration violations and whose home was also ransacked, denies wrongdoing in the case.


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