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Santoso terrorists accused of 3 murders in C. Sulawesi

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Jakarta   /   Thu, September 17, 2015   /  03:20 pm
Santoso terrorists accused of 3 murders in C. Sulawesi Revenge attack: National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti confirmed on Thursday that a terrorist group led by Santoso was responsible for the murder of three residents of Parigi Moutong in Central Sulawesi in September. (Illustration/Kompas) (Illustration/Kompas)

Revenge attack: National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti confirmed on Thursday that a terrorist group led by Santoso was responsible for the murder of three residents of Parigi Moutong in Central Sulawesi in September. (Illustration/Kompas)

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.

'€œFrom 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.

'€œAfter 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.

'€œThey 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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