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Indonesia Confirms Most Wanted Militant Killed in Shootout


Police carry body bags, one of which is believed to contain the remains of Santoso, the country's most-wanted militant, killed in a clash with security forces, from an ambulance at a hospital in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia July 19, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.

Indonesian authorities have confirmed the country's most wanted militant outlaw has been killed in a gunbattle with police.

Santoso and another militant were killed Monday in the Poso region of the eastern island of Sulawesi, where police and military forces have been waging an intense manhunt for him for five years. His body was positively identified.

Santoso was the head of the East Indonesia Mujahideen, a small terror cell that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State. The group attracted militants from other countries, including several members of China's ethnic Uighur Muslim minority from western China's Xinjiang region.

Santoso was placed on the U.S. list of global terrorists earlier this year. The State Department says the East Indonesia Mujahideen is responsible for numerous killings and kidnappings.

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