Indonesia’s most wanted militant killed in jungle shootout

Indonesia's most wanted militant killed in jungle shootout
Indonesia’s military says security forces have killed the country’s most wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State group

Indonesia’s most wanted militant with ties to the 伊斯兰国 group was killed Saturday in a shootout with security forces, the Indonesian military said, in a sweeping counterterrorism campaign against extremists in the remote mountain jungles.

Ali Kalora was one of two militants killed in the raid, said Central Sulawesi’s regional military chief Brig. Gen. Farid Makruf. He identified the other suspected extremist as Jaka Ramadan.

The two men were fatally shot late Saturday by a joint team of military and police officers in Central Sulawesi province’s mountainous Parigi Moutong district, Makruf said. 它与波索区接壤, 被认为是该省的极端主义温床.

“Ali Kalora was the most wanted terrorist and leader of MIT ” Makruf said, referring to the Indonesian acronym of the East Indonesia Mujahideen network, a militant group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in 2014.

He said that security forces were searching for four remaining suspected members of the group.

Saturday’s shootout occurred two months after security forces killed two suspected members of the group during a pre-dawn raid in the same mountainous district.

The East Indonesia Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for several killings of police officers and minority 基督徒

Security operations in the area have intensified in recent months to try to capture members of the network, targeting Ali Kalora, the group’s leader.

卡洛拉十多年来一直没有被抓获. He took over from Abu Wardah Santoso, 7 月被安全部队杀害的人 2016. Dozens of other leaders and members of the group have been killed or captured since then.

在五月, 武装分子在波索区的一个村庄杀死了四名基督徒, 包括一名被斩首的. Authorities said the attack was in revenge for the killing in March of two militants, 包括桑托索的儿子.

Makruf said that rugged terrain and darkness have hampered efforts to evacuate the two bodies from the scene of the shootout in the forested village of Astina. He said the bodies of Kalora and his follower will be taken by helicopter on Sunday morning for further investigation and identification.

印度尼西亚, 世界上穆斯林人口最多的国家, has kept up a crackdown on militants since bombings on the tourist island of Bali in 2002 被杀 202 人们, mostly foreigners.

近年来,在印度尼西亚对外国人的激进袭击已在很大程度上被较小规模的袭击所取代。, 针对政府的不那么致命的罢工, 主要是警察和反恐部队, 武装分子认为是异教徒, 受到国外伊斯兰国集团策略的启发.

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