JAKARTA Two men, allegedly linked to an armed group loyal to the Islamic State terror organization, were killed and an Indonesia security agent was injured amid clashes on the northern island of Sulawesi, official sources said Wednesday.
Central Sulawesi police chief Rudy Sufahriadi added that the clash occurred Monday in areas surrounding Poso, in Sulawesi, when eight members of the Mujahidin Indonesia Timur terrorist group were found by the forces.
We have been pursuing the militants for some time. Thanks to our operation, we could locate them in a jungle. They were armed, so we had to fire at them, Sufahriadi told EFE.
Police were investigating whether one of the two deceased militants is Barok, one of the leaders of the MIT who also formed another terror organization, Santoso, in Poso in 2010, and who was allegedly killed in an operation in 2016.
The MIT, also known as the East Indonesian Mujahidin, was operating as a local radical group until 2014, when it swore loyalty to the IS.
In March, security forces had arrested nine alleged militants, also in Sulawesi.
Indonesia, where 88 percent of its 260 million inhabitants are Muslim, has witnessed several such attacks, including the attack on Oct. 12, 2002 on the popular tourist resort island of Bali, which left 202 people dead.