The Jakarta Post
Two people in Tongkasa village, Parigi Moutong, Central Sulawesi have been found dead with wounds similar to those beheaded near the escape route of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT), a terrorist group operating out of Poso, Central Sulawesi.
The two victims have been identified as Patmar, 49, and Pate, 27, who were father and son.
The victims, who worked as palm sugar crafters, had gone to the plantation where they worked on Monday at around 8 a.m. as part of their usual routine, a family member, Tina, told The Jakarta Post.
As the two had yet to return home at 10 p.m., Tina reported them missing to the village head, who then filed a report with the police. Family members searched for them at the plantation, but they were stopped by local authorities because it was deemed too dangerous.
A police search started the next day at 5 a.m. and the bodies were found at 6:30 a.m., 10 meters from a hut in the middle of the plantation, the police confirmed.
The police are investigating the case but many locals suspect the two had been killed by MIT militants. It is known that the MIT has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.
It is presumed that there are 13 MIT militants roaming in Poso and Parigi Moutong forests. (gis)