The Jakarta Post
National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti has revealed that a terrorist group led by Santoso was responsible for the murder of three residents of Parigi Moutong in Central Sulawesi in September.
'From results of our investigation, we can confirm that the Santoso gang was responsible for the killing of the three residents,' he said as quoted by Antara in Jakarta on Thursday.
As earlier reported, Nyoman Astika, 70, a transmigrant farmer from Gitgit village in Bali, was found decapitated in Balinggi village in Parigi Moutong regency on Sept.13. The following day, a 50-year-old local resident identified only as Hengky was killed in Torue village, Parigi Moutong. In an operation on Sept. 15, a joint team comprising personnel from the Parigi Moutong Police and the Central Sulawesi Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) found a body covered in stab wounds roughly 10 kilometers from Salubunga village in Sausu district. The identity of that body remains unknown.
Badrodin said the murder cases were part of a revenge attack by the Santoso terrorist group for an incident in Poso in August, during which the group's members and police personnel shot at each other.
'After the incident, Santoso threatened that he himself would take revenge ' life for life, blood for blood,' said the police chief.
Badrodin said that members of the terrorist group were ruthless killers once they came out from hiding.
'They would kill anyone they met. It's a revenge attack, which simply aims to terrorize local people,' he said.
Two people were killed when an armed civilian group and security personnel shot at each other during August's incident in Poso, Central Sulawesi. One of the deceased was identified as Bado, a member of the Santoso terrorist group. The other victim was First Insp. Brian Theopani Tatontos. (ebf)(++++)
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