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Reevaluate Operation Tinombala after Sigi attack: Analysts

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, December 9, 2020   /  09:01 am
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Members of the National Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) board a truck bound for the village of Sedoa in Poso, Central Sulawesi, on March 24, 2016. The officers were part of Operation Tinombala, pursing members of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) terrorist group.(Antara/Edy)

Analysts have called on the government to reevaluate Operation Tinombala, a joint military and police action pursuing members of the East Indonesia Mujahiddin (MIT) terrorist group in Poso regency, Central Sulawesi, after a recent deadly attack in the neighboring Sigi regency put the operation’s effectiveness into question. Operation Tinombala was launched in January 2016 as an extension of its predecessor, the 2015 Operation Camar Maleo, to hunt down then-MIT leader Santoso and his supporters in Poso. Operation Tinombala has been extended several times and is set to expire on Dec. 31. The attack in Sigi regency was allegedly carried out by MIT members on Nov. 27 and claimed the lives of four residents of Lembangongoa village, which borders Poso, the main site of Operation Tinombala. Two victims were beheaded and the other two died of severe burns. A venue for local Christian...