Indonesian police shot dead most wanted IS-linked terrorist
On the 19th of September, Indonesian security forces said they killed Indonesia’s most wanted terrorist in a raid, reducing the Islamic State-linked terrorist group to four people. Another fighter who was killed has not been identified.
Ali Kalora, the leader of East Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT), notorious for beheading his victims, died in an exchange of gunfire in the jungles of the mountainous Parigi Moutong regency in Central Sulawesi province.
After the death of its previous leader Santoso in 2016, the group with limited fighters has been confined to the jungles in Central Sulawesi. Yet, Ali continued to lead his men to terrorize and brutally murder villagers, especially Christians.
Despite Jakarta’s effort to terminate MIT with multiple extensions of the so-called Tinombala Operation, a mix of around 2,000 personnel from the police and the army, due to MIT terrorists’ familiarity with the mountainous region, they have had little success.