Terrorists in their hideout

Members of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) terrorist group led by Indonesia's most-wanted man Santoso, whose real name is Abu Wardah, took a picture at their hiding place in the forests of Poso in Central Sulawesi. A loyalist of the Islamic State
PHOTO: THE JAKARTA POST

Members of the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) terrorist group led by Indonesia's most-wanted man Santoso, whose real name is Abu Wardah, took a picture at their hiding place in the forests of Poso in Central Sulawesi. A loyalist of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Santoso is said to be responsible for several attacks on the police in Central Sulawesi since 2011. In January, more than 1,000 Kopaska troops - Indonesia's equivalent of the US Navy Seals - were deployed to Central Sulawesi to hunt for Santoso. The picture was taken from a memory card belonging to Dodo, also known as Fonda Amar Solihin, one of Santoso's terrorists killed in a shoot-out with security officers in Torire village on Feb 28.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 22, 2016, with the headline 'Terrorists in their hideout'. Print Edition | Subscribe