Indonesian Forces Kill Islamic State Leader Known for Beheading Christians

Indonesian Forces Kill Islamic State Leader Known for Beheading Christians

Indonesian security forces have neutralized the leader of a local affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) known for beheading and mutilating Christians, the Jakarta Globe reported Monday.

A joint team of Indonesian police and military personnel killed ISIS leader Ali Kalora on September 18 in a “jungle shootout” in the mountainous Parigi Moutong district of Central Sulawesi, an island located east of Borneo. Parigi Moutong neighbors Poso district, which is considered a jihadist hotbed by Jakarta.

“Ali Kalora was the most wanted terrorist and leader of MIT,” Central Sulawesi’s regional military chief, Brigadier General Farid Makruf, told reporters on Saturday. “MIT” is the Indonesian acronym of the East Indonesia Mujahedeen, a jihadist group that pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2014.

Gabrielle Reyes