Terrorist killed in ambush while hunt goes on for militants in Indonesian jungle

Security forces killed a member of the Indonesian terrorist group Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT) in central Sulawesi on Saturday July 17. The Madago Raya Operations Task Force (SATGAS) engaged several militants in a shootout in Parigi Moutong Regency. Madago Raya Operations Public Relations Assistant Deputy, AKBP Bronto Budiyono, said the shooting took place in the forests and mountains of Tanahlanto Village, Torue District. It was, he said, close to the location of another shootout that killed two other MIT members on Sunday July 11, 2021. The body is being evacuated from the remote and mountainous area by helicopter, to be buried at the Bhayangkara hospital in Palu, after identification. Today's shootout began with a sweep carried out by the task force around Tanahlanto Village. In the earlier 11 July incident, the two MIT members who died were identified as Rukli and Qatar, from Bima, West Nusa Tenggara. They were believed to be senior members of MIT, with expertise in war and bomb-making. The Madago Raya Operations Task Force is continuing its search of the jungle on foot, motorbike and by helicopter, to capture remaining MIT members, The MIT group is a terrorist group affiliated with ISIS. Since 2012 they have carried out acts of terrorism in Poso, Parigi Moutong, Sigi, and Palu. The video was supplied by the Greater Madago Operations Task Force.

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