Security forces shot dead an Uighur terror suspect who had been following most-wanted fugitive Santoso on Wednesday (17/08) in Poso, Central Sulawesi, during a live operation, a police official said. (Antara Photo/Basri Marzuki)

Killed Santoso Fighter an Uighur, Police Say


APRIL 27, 2016

Jakarta. Sr. Comr. Leo Bona Lubis, head of the joint police-military Operation Tinombala to hunt down Indonesia's most wanted terrorist Santoso and his group said a Chinese Uighur fighter who had joined the group in Poso, Central Sulawesi, was killed by the police in the village of Pantangolemba on Sunday night (24/04). The man was later identified as Mus'ab, a.k.a. Mustafa Genc.

The police said currently only one other Chinese Uighur fighter is believed to be hiding with the terror group in a hilly jungle near Poso.

Mus’ab was shot dead after he pulled out a knife when a police officer tried to question him.

The Santoso group has been running a terrorist training camp in and around Poso, attracting militants from far-flung areas such as China's Xinjiang province, home to that country's Uighur Muslim minority.

“Six Uighurs joined Santoso's group. Four of them were killed previously [in separate raids]. The other one was killed yesterday [sic], so there's only one left,” said Leo in a phone interview on Tuesday (26/04).

Leo said only 25 fighters still remain with the Santoso group in the mountainous jungle of Poso.

Santoso was trained as a jihadist by jailed firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Baasyir. His group has pledged their loyalty to global terror group Islamic State.

Recent police report also said the group's arsenal is now reduced to just five automatic rifles.

Writing by Edo Karensa