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Indonesia’s most wanted militant killed in jungle shootout

Palu: Indonesia’s most wanted militant, who had ties to the Islamic State group, has been killed in a jungle shootout with security forces.

Ali Kalora was one of two militants killed in the raid, said Central Sulawesi’s regional military chief Geneneral Farid Makruf. He identified the other suspected extremist as Jaka Ramadan.

A police officer shows a wanted poster displaying the photos of two militants Ali Kalora, top left, and Jaka Ramadan, bottom left, who were killed during a shootout with security forces.

A police officer shows a wanted poster displaying the photos of two militants Ali Kalora, top left, and Jaka Ramadan, bottom left, who were killed during a shootout with security forces.Credit:AP Photo/Mohammad Taufan

The two men were fatally shot late Saturday by a joint team of military and police officers in Central Sulawesi province’s mountainous Parigi Moutong district, Makruf said. It borders Poso district, considered an extremist hotbed in the province.

“Ali Kalora was the most wanted terrorist and leader of MIT,” Makruf said, referring to the Indonesian acronym of the East Indonesia Mujahideen network, a militant group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in 2014.

He said that security forces were searching for four remaining suspected members of the group.

Saturday’s shootout occurred two months after security forces killed two suspected members of the group during a pre-dawn raid in the same mountainous district.

Central Sulawesi Police Chief Rudi Sufariadi, centre, speaks to the media as the items confiscated from Ali Kalora and Jaka Ramadan, two militants who were killed during shootout with security forces, are displayed.

Central Sulawesi Police Chief Rudi Sufariadi, centre, speaks to the media as the items confiscated from Ali Kalora and Jaka Ramadan, two militants who were killed during shootout with security forces, are displayed.Credit:AP Photo/Josua Marunduh

The East Indonesia Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for several killings of police officers and minority Christians.

Security operations in the area have intensified in recent months to try to capture members of the network, targeting Ali Kalora, the group’s leader.

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