In a firefight in the interior of Sulawesi, Indonesian security forces killed the leader of an Islamic militia. In a statement, the Indonesian army speaks of a major victory in the fight against terrorism.
It‘s Ali Kalora, who was named “the most wanted militant in the country” by the army. He has led East Indonesian Mujahedien (MIT) since 2016. That extremist group swore allegiance to Islamic State terror organization in 2014.
Kalora’s predecessor, who was also seen as the most wanted militant, was killed by anti-terrorism units in 2016. Since then, the group‘s power has been degrading.
MIT regularly attacks against Indonesian officers and police stations. The Christian minority of Sulawesi is also targeted by attacks. Four Christians were killed by the militia in May. According to the authorities, that was in retaliation for the deaths of two MIT militants.
Over the past few months, the Indonesian army has increased the number of operations against MIT, in an attempt to eliminate the group’s leaders. The Army also claims the elimination of leading extremist Jaka Ramadan. Four other militants are still being searched. As soon as they are eliminated, MIT no longer has the right to exist, the Indonesian army thinks.