Indonesian military officials said that the country’s most-wanted militant connected with the Islamic State group has been killed in a jungle shootout with the armed forces.
Central Sulawesi’s regional military chief Brig. Gen. Farid Makruf identified the most-wanted criminal, Ali Kalora, and another alleged extremist, Jaka Ramadan, both of whom were shot by the police in the Parigi Moutong district.
Makruf said that Kalora was the East Indonesia Mujahideen network’s leader, which had been loyal to the Islamic State since 2014. The militant group admitted to the manslaughter of policemen and minority Christians.
Makruf said that the bodies of Kalora and Ramadan had been flown in by helicopter on Sunday morning for post-mortem investigation.
Kalora dodged attempted arrests for more than a decade, but intensified security operations to apprehend other network members have made Kalora’s capture possible. The security officials, according to Makruf, are still looking for four other suspects.
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