Terrorists Behind Murder of Four Indonesian Christians and Attack on Salvation Army Post Are Identified

Erik A. Kape, The Salvation Army’s commander for Palu, center, consoles the East Indonesia Mujahidin attack victims’ widows during a funeral ceremony in Sigi, Central Sulawesi on Saturday. (B1 Photo)

Muslim extremists with the terrorist group Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT) are believed to be responsible for the gruesome attack on The Salvation Army’s service post in central Sulawesi that left four Christians dead.

According to International Christian Concern, on Nov. 27, Poso-based MIT militants Ali Kalora and Jaka Ramada, who pledge allegiance to the Islamic State, set fire to a church and burned down the homes of six churchgoers after they attacked the Lewonu Lembantongoa Service Post of The Salvation Army, slitting the throats of three Christians and beheading another.

The leader of the outlawed Islamic group, Ali Kalora, was also seen at the scene of the crime. According to Yoga Priyautama, the chief of police in Sigi, a joint team has spread out and conducted searches in a number of areas that are suspected to be the killers’ escape routes.

Following the attack, ICC followed up with local Christians to receive more information about the case.

Survivors said that on the day of the murders, a Christian woman, Nei, was having breakfast with her husband, Yasa, when she saw approximately 10 unknown people visiting someone named Naka, who was at a nearby house in Tokelemo, Lembantongoa Village.

Shortly thereafter, the terrorists entered Nei and Yasa’s home. They tied Yasa to a chair and then decapitated him with a machete and stabbed him in the back. His wife managed to escape after witnessing the killing, according to South China Morning Post. Some witnesses fled after seeing one of the MIT members near Yasa’s house.

Naka and his son, Pedi, along with their house, were set on fire, while a fellow church member named Pinu was stabbed to death. In a previous report, ICC said they saw a video showing a charred victim being pulled from a pile of ruins, with smoke still rising in the background.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett

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