Indonesian militant leader killed in shootout, police say

Indonesian militant leader killed in shootout, police say

19/9/2021 7:52:00 AM

Indonesian militant leader killed in shootout, police say

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian security forces have killed the leader of militant group East Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT), which has ties with Islamic State, police said on Sunday.

Another militant, identified as Jaka Ramadhan, also known as Ikrima, was also shot dead, police said, adding that a hunt was underway for four other MIT members.Explosives, an M16 rifle and two machetes were found, along with other evidence of militant activity, following the raid.

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Kalora took over as MIT leader after security forces killed its previous head, Santoso, in 2016.Authorities believed MIT was behind the brutal murder ( of four villagers in central Sulawesi in November 2020, although the group did not claim responsibility.

Its former leader Santoso was once the most wanted militant in Indonesia, a country with the world's largest Muslim population. Santoso was one of the first militants in Indonesia to pledge allegiance to Islamic State.Ridwan Habib, a terrorism analyst with University of Indonesia, said the Sulawesi-based MIT group was unlikely to survive its leader's death, although he suspected its members who are on the run would continue to fight security forces.

"Part of their ideology is seeking death because they believe death will take them to heaven. With their leader dead, they will seek death as well," he told Reuters."I'm not sure there will be a reestablishment (of MIT) or a new leader elected."

Police last month arrested 53 militants ( suspected of planning an attack on Indonesia's independence day.The country's deadliest Islamist militant attack took place on the tourist island of Bali in 2002, when bombers killed 202 people, most of them foreign tourists.

(Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Bernadette Christina Munthe; Writing by Gayatri Suroyo; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore) Read more: The Star »

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