Indonesia retrieves most-wanted militant's body from jungle

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A constabulary serviceman shows a wanted poster displaying the photos of 2 militants Ali Kalora, apical left, and Jaka Ramadan, bottommost left, who were killed during shootout with information forces, during a property league astatine the Parigi Moutong Police Station successful Parigi Moutong district, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. Indonesia's astir wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State radical was killed Saturday successful a shootout with information forces, the Indonesian subject said, successful a sweeping counterterrorism run against extremists successful the distant upland jungles. (AP Photo/Mohammad Taufan)

PALU – The bodies of Indonesia’s astir wanted militant with ties to the Islamic State radical and a follower, who were killed successful a jungle shootout with information forces, were evacuated aboriginal Sunday to a constabulary infirmary for further investigation, constabulary said.

The subject earlier said the militants killed precocious Saturday were Ali Kalora, person of the East Indonesia Mujahideen web that has claimed respective killings of constabulary officers and number Christians, and different suspected extremist, Jaka Ramadan, besides known arsenic Ikrima.

The 2 men were fatally changeable by a associated squad of subject and constabulary officers successful Central Sulawesi province’s mountainous Parigi Moutong district. It borders Poso district, considered an extremist hotbed successful the province.

Several pictures obtained by The Associated Press from authorities showed an M16 firearm and backpacks laid adjacent their bloodied bodies. The Central Sulawesi Police Chief Rudy Sufahriadi told a quality league connected Sunday that information forces besides seized 2 ready-to-use bombs from their backpacks, which besides contained nutrient and camping tools.


He said the bodies of Kalora and his follower person been evacuated to a constabulary infirmary successful Palu, the provincial capital, aft the rugged terrain and acheronian hampered earlier evacuation efforts from the country of the shootout successful the forested colony of Astina.

“We urged the different 4 wanted terrorists to instantly surrender and situation to instrumentality work for their actions earlier the law,” said Sufahriadi, referring to remaining members of the East Indonesia Mujahideen who are inactive astatine ample successful the jungle connected Sulawesi island.

The militant radical pledged allegiance to the Islamic State successful 2014, and Indonesia has intensified its information operations successful the country successful caller months to effort to seizure its members, peculiarly the leader, Kalora.

Two months ago, information forces killed 2 suspected members successful a raid successful the aforesaid mountainous district, respective days aft authorities claimed that Kalora and 3 radical members planned to surrender. The surrender was reportedly cancelled aft different members rejected the plan.


Kalora had eluded seizure for much than a decade. He took implicit enactment of the radical from Abu Wardah Santoso, who was killed by information forces successful July 2016. Dozens of different leaders and members person been killed oregon captured since then, including a fig of radical from China's taste Uyghur number who had joined the Santoso-led group.

In May, the militants killed 4 Christians successful a colony successful Poso district, including 1 who was beheaded. Authorities said the onslaught was successful revenge for the killings successful March of 2 militants, including Santoso’s son.

Santoso was wanted for moving a extremist grooming campy successful Poso, wherever a Muslim-Christian struggle killed astatine slightest 1,000 radical from 1998 to 2002. He was linked to a fig of deadly attacks against constabulary officers and Christians.

Indonesia, the world’s astir populous Muslim-majority nation, has kept up a crackdown connected militants since bombings connected the edifice land of Bali successful 2002 killed 202 people, mostly Western and Asian tourists.


Militant attacks connected foreigners successful Indonesia person been mostly replaced successful caller years by smaller, little deadly strikes targeting the government, chiefly constabulary and anti-terrorism forces, and radical militants see to beryllium infidels, inspired by Islamic State radical tactics abroad.


Associated Press writer Niniek Karmini successful Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this report.

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