The Jakarta Post
The National Police have deployed some 1,000 personnel and 100 military officers to hunt members of the Santoso terrorist groups who are believed to be hiding in the forests near the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Poso.
'Santoso is being hunted. We will still hold the third operation code named Camar Maleo. We will be helped by the military,' said National Police chief Badrodin Haiti in Jakarta on Friday as reported by tribunnews.com.
Three local farmers were allegedly killed by Santoso's group this month in revenge for a recent shoot out between the group and security personnel in August.
Nyoman Astika, 70, a farmer from 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 comprised of personnel from 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.
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.
Badrodin believed that the joint operation between the police and the military would be able to capture members of the Santoso group. (bbn)(++++)
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