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Jakarta Post

Security authorities resume Poso terror group manhunt

  • News Desk


Jakarta   /   Thu, July 2 2020   /  01:00 am
Force to be reckoned with: Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers take part in a joint police-military operation codenamed Tinombala to hunt down a terrorist group under Santoso, alias Abu Wardah, in Poso, Central Sulawesi, in 2016. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has proposed a regulation that will give the military more powers in the counterterrorism field.(JP/Ruslan Sangadji)

The National Police have announced a plan to extend the joint police-Indonesian Military (TNI) Operation Tinombala, as it has not captured 14 terrorists at large in Central Sulawesi. “The [extended] operation will run for 94 days, from June 29 to Sept. 30 [this year],” National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Awi Setiyono said on Monday as quoted by The decision was inked in a police letter issued on Friday. Awi said the extension was made to create a safe and orderly situation in the province. It was the third time this year the special task force had experienced an extension of duty. “The first term ran from Jan. 1 to March. 31,” Awi said. The operation was then extended until June 28. The fugitives are linked to the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT), a terrorist group now led by Ali Kalora. The group is reportedly responsible for several ter...