President Jokowi Receives Report about Death of Most-Wanted Terrorist Santoso

Jakarta, 14 Syawal 1437/19 July 2016 (MINA) – President Joko Widodo has received a report about a firefight in Poso, Central Sulawesi, which is believed to have killed most wanted terrorist suspect Santoso, Antara reported.

“The President has already received a report about it,” presidential spokesman Johan Budi said here on Monday when asked for his confirmation about the issue.

He said coordinating minister for political, security and legal affairs Luhut Pandjaitan has reported about the fire fight in Poso involving the government’s Tinombala Task Force.

Johan said five members of the Santodo-led group had been pacified including one similar to Santoso in the fight.

“One of the bodies has a mole like that of Santosos,” Johan Budi said.

He said the firefight occurred at around 5pm Central Indonesia Time and the bodies had been taken to Palu for process of identification.

Santoso, whose real name is Abu Wardah, publicly supports the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

He has been on the run for three years and is believed to be hiding in the forests of Poso. (T/R07/R01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)