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Jakarta Post

TNI to deploy special unit to Poso as tension rises following alleged MIT attack

  • Rizki Fachriansyah
    Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 30, 2020   /  08:18 pm
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Members of the National Police Mobile Brigade board a truck heading to Sedoa village, North Lore subdistrict, in Poso, Central Sulawesi, on March 24, 2016. The officers are part of the joint Tinombala operation to capture members of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) terror group.(Antara/Edy)

The Indonesian Military (TNI) is set to deploy a special unit to Poso, Central Sulawesi, to assist in a manhunt for the remaining members of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT), thought to have been responsible for the murder of four people and the destruction of six houses in a village in neighboring Sigi regency on Friday. TNI commander Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said the special unit was due to be deployed from the Halim Perdanakusuma Airbase, East Jakarta, on Tuesday morning. “Tomorrow morning, a special unit will be deployed from the Halim [Perdanakusuma Airbase] to Palu and will later be stationed in Poso to strengthen the existing unit [in the region],” Hadi told a press conference on Monday. He went on to say that the special unit aimed to provide full support to the National Police in hunting down individuals affiliated with the extremist group. He asked for ...