Grieving relatives mourn the death of four Christians murdered by suspected members of an Islamic State-linked terror group in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Nov. 27. (Photo: Gereja Bala Keselamatan)
A hunt is underway in Indonesia for suspected Islamic State-linked terrorists who killed four Christians in an attack on a village in Central Sulawesi province.
At least eight people broke into a house and attacked a family of four in Lemban Tongoa, a village in Sigi district, on Nov. 27, police said.
They then took 40 kilograms of rice and set fire to the house and four other homes before fleeing.One of the homes burned was used as a place of worship for local Christians. Police called to the scene found four bodies, two of whom were beheaded.
“The perpetrators were members of the East Indonesia Mujahideen. This group … now has only a few members. We are hunting them down,” he told reporters on Nov. 29.The group is believed to have been established in 2012 and, unlike the more well-known Jamaah Ansharut Daulah group, whose area of operation covers the whole of Indonesia, its area of operation is centered around Central Sulawesi province.
The group is affiliated with both the Islamic State and Abu Sayyaf, a terrorist group based in the southern Philippines.Its first leader, Santoso, was killed in a gunfight in 2016 in which another militant leader, Muhammad Basri, was captured.