Ali Kalora, the most wanted jihadist in Indonesia, linked to a terrorist organization claiming to be the Islamic State, was shot and killed on Saturday by the local security forces. Kalora headed the East Indonesia Mujahideen organization. Another member of the group was also killed in the action, the Indonesian military reported.
Ali Kalora was shot along with another fighter, Yak Ramadan, handed over to the regional head of Indonesian military in central Celebes, General Farid Makruf. The men died in the mountainous Parigi Moutong district of Central Sulawesi province, near Poso city, which is a hotbed of extremists in the region, AP writes.
“Ali Kalora was the country’s most wanted terrorist and the leader of MIT,” said Makruf. MIT stands for East Indonesia’s Mujahideen, an armed group associated with the so-called Islamic State. Search for four other members of the organization. The MIT is behind the killings of police officers and representatives of the island’s Christian minority.
Offensive against terrorists
Saturday’s action by Indonesian services took place two months after officials killed two alleged MIT members in a raid in the same mountain region of the country. In recent months, Indonesian security forces have stepped up their efforts to capture Ali Kalora. The jihadist remained elusive for over a decade. He took the leadership of East Indonesia’s Mujahideen in 2016 after the organization’s current leader was killed by security forces. Since then, dozens of members of the group have been captured and killed.
Indonesia is the most populous country in the world, mostly inhabited by Muslims. Local authorities have stepped up their fight against Islamic extremists since the 2002 Bali tourist island bombings. 202 people died then, mostly foreigners.
In recent years, Indonesian Islamists have changed their strategy and focused on smaller attacks targeting officials, mainly the police and anti-terrorist forces. Their victims are also people who they consider unbelievers, according to the ideology of the so-called Islamic State – points out the PA.
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