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Jihadists vow more attacks on Indonesian police

Mujahideen leader calls on followers to fight on

<p>Video grab shows Santoso urging on his followers</p>

Video grab shows Santoso urging on his followers

  • Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
  • Indonesia
  • July 11, 2013
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The leader of the East Indonesia Mujahideen has called on his followers to continue the fight against the country’s police anti-terror squad.

in a video posted on YouTube recently, Santoso alias Abud Wardah, who is on Indonesia’s most wanted list, delivered the speech with a pistol on his hand, while two other militants held assault rifles.

“For my brothers in Poso (Central Sulawesi), you have experienced the evilness of Densus 88 [anti-terror squad] to Muslims,” he said. “You already knew how Densus 88 killed our brothers and how it tortured and sent our brothers to jails.

“You don’t need to worry when fighting against Densus 88. You need to be in spirit, you need to be strong, you need to be brave,” he continued. “Jihad will continue even though full of thistles and thorns, full of hardships and difficulties.”

The video was first uploaded on Sunday, but YouTube later blocked it by request of the government. But it was then reposted on Wednesday by a different user.

Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Ronny Franky Sompie, told reporters on Wednesday that the police have formed a team, including the Ministry of Information, to investigate the person behind the upload.

“The threat in the video is real, not a bluff. Any threat to Densus 88 is serious,” Sompie said. He said it probably originated in Poso, where the battle with the Mujahideen is taking place and the location of the group’s training camp.

The former chief of Al-Qaeda in Indonesia, Badri Hortono, who was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for masterminding a series of bombings in the country, said Poso became the camp base because of its proximity to Philippine’s Mindanao, where militant Islamist groups are located.

Ansyaad Mbai, head of the anti-terrorism squad, told ucanews.com on Thursday that the fugitive terrorist just wanted to “tell people that they exist.” 

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