Update: Santoso Dead - 18 July 2016Santoso, aka Abu Wardah, the leader of the Mujahidin Indonesia Timur and an iconic figure among Southeast Asia's jihadists, was slain in a shootout in the village of Tambarana with members of the Alpha 29 taskforce, the team responsible for conducting the operation - codenamed Operation Tinombala- to route out MIT from the Poso forests. The gun battle started at around 5pm on Monday 18 July 2016 and lasted for 30 minutes. Mochtar, another fighter of MIT, was killed in battle along with Santoso. Officials claim that two women and an additional man managed to escape the shootout, returning to the dense forests of Poso where members of the Alpha 29 taskforce are still operating to stamp out MIT in full. Santoso's body arrived at Bhayangkara Hospital in Palu, Central Sulawesi, around 1 p.m on Monday 19 July 2016 where relatives confirmed the identity of the corpse as Santoso. Above: Santoso's alleged body arriving at Bhayangkara Hospital in Palu,…
Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT / ISEA)
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