Rioters set fire to a shopping mall during election campaign violence on the island of Borneo, killing at least 130 looters inside, police said Sunday.
The official Antara news agency said “heaps of scorched human skulls” were found near three exits on the second floor of the mall. It said police fear more victims will be found on the mall’s third and fourth floors when a search resumes today.
The Mitra Plaza shopping center was closed and employees were sent home when violence between the governing Golkar party and the rival Muslim-dominated United Development Party began Friday night. Friday was the last day of a violent 27-day campaign period for parliamentary elections Thursday.
Mobs broke into the building at the height of the riot several hours later. It soon was engulfed in dense black smoke and huge flames, and police blamed arsonists.