Highest Indonesian activist killed: army
Indonesia’s most wanted activist was killed in a shootout with security forces, according to the military, in an anti-terror campaign victory against extremists in the jungle of Sulawesi Island.
Ali Kalora was one of two militants killed in the shooting, Central Sulawesi regional military leader Brigadier General Farid Makruf said.
He identified the other alleged extremist as Jaka Ramadan.
The two men were shot dead in a raid carried out on Saturday evening by a joint team of military and police in the mountainous district of Parigi Moutong in central Sulawesi province, Makruf said.
It borders the district of Poso, considered an extremist hotbed in the province.
“Ali Kalora was the most wanted terrorist and the head of MIT,” said Makruf, referring to the Indonesian acronym for the East Indonesia Mujahedin Network.
He said security forces were looking for the remaining four members of the group.
The Mujahedin in eastern Indonesia have claimed responsibility for several killings of police officers and minority Christians.
Security operations in central Sulawesi have intensified in recent months in an attempt to capture members of the network, including targeting Kalora, the group’s leader.
The network pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in 2014.