Indonesian security forces have killed the leader of an Islamist militia in a firefight in the interior of Sulawesi. In a statement, the Indonesian army speaks of a major victory in the fight against terrorism.
It concerns Ali Kalora, who was labeled by the army as ‘the most wanted militant in the country’. He has led the East Indonesian Mujahideen (MIT) since 2016. The extremist group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist organization in 2014.
Kalora’s predecessor, who was also seen as the most wanted militant, was killed by counter-terrorist units in 2016. Since then, the group’s power has waned.
MIT regularly carries out attacks on Indonesian officers and police stations. The Christian minority on Sulawesi is also the target of attacks. In May, four Christians were killed by the militia. That was in retaliation for the deaths of two MIT militants, according to authorities.
In recent months, the Indonesian military has ramped up operations against the MIT in an attempt to eliminate the group’s leaders. The military also claims the elimination of prominent extremist Jaka Ramadan. Four other militants are still being sought. As soon as they are eliminated, the MIT will no longer have a right to exist, the Indonesian army thinks.
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