Two police wounded in shootout with suspected terrorists in Indonesia's C. Sulawesi

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-31 21:58:53|Editor: mmm
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JAKARTA, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Two Indonesian police were wounded in a shootout with suspected members of East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) terrorist organization in Central Sulawesi regency of Parigi Moutong, an Indonesian senior police officer said here on Monday.

Indonesian Police Headquarters Spokesperson Dedi Prasetyo said the shootout occurred at around 08.00 a.m. local time earlier in the day in the regency's Salubanga village.

"The shootout lasted for around 30 minutes. Police managed to hold the line and gave resistance by shooting back at their direction. The wounded police managed to be evacuated from the scene," Dedi said, adding that the wounded police now were treated in hospital.

The wounded were part of a group of police who were shot from a mountain direction when they passed through the location to investigate a crime case related to MIT activities in the regency.

Dedi suspected the shooters were remnant of MIT members who were still hiding in mountains in the regency, now led by Ali Kalora.

Police had killed MIT leader Santoso in July 2016 through an operation to hunt members of MIT in Poso, a mountainous area in the province. The police's Tinombala Operation to hunt down MIT members was still in effect at present.

MIT was responsible for series of terror activities and the killing against police in the province.