BANGKOK – Indonesian police detained on Saturday the wife of Santoso, head of a group akin to the Islamic State and one of the most wanted jihadists in the country until his death last Monday in an anti-terrorist operation, local media reported on Sunday.
Jumiatun Muslim, alias Umi Delima, who had escaped from the operation that killed her husband, “did not attempt to resist the arrest,” Celebes Central police spokesperson Hari Suprapto said, according to The Jakarta Post.
Hari explained she was in a niqab when an anti-terrorist unit found her walking by the Tambarana river in Poso, the capital of Celebes Central.
“She was caught by surprise,” said the spokesperson, adding that she had no weapons on her.
That same day, several thousand people attended the burial of Santoso, also known as Abu Wardah, in Poso.
Earlier this year, Indonesian security forces launched an offensive to neutralize Santoso and his group, having failed to do so last year after the Jakarta attack that left eight dead, including four attackers.
Six years ago, Santoso founded Mujahidin Indonesia Timur, also known as the Holy Warriors of Eastern Indonesia and Santoso group, which in 2014 aligned itself with the IS.
Indonesia, a country with a population of about 250 million that is 88 percent Muslim, has experienced several attacks by Islamic radicals over the years, including a 2002 attack on the resort island of Bali that killed 202 people.