Terrorist group allegedly murdered four Christian farmers in central Sulawesi
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on the 11th of May, four Christian farmers from the village of Kalimago, Poso regency, were murdered by five sword-wielding attackers.
The terrorists ambushed a group of farmers who were harvesting their coffee plantation in a remote village on the island of Sulawesi. A fellow farmer said he saw a group of suspects carrying firearms and sharp weapons approach the victims before he fled and informed the police. Senior Commissioner Didik Supranoto, a spokesman for Central Sulawesi police force, told Benar News that the witness identified one of the attackers as a fugitive named Qatar, who is a member of the IS-linked Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT) terrorist group.
Photos reviewed by ICC reveals the brutality of the attack. A victim’s body was seen lying on the floor with a sword stabbed through his heart. His head appeared to be charred. A decapitated body was found nearby. One of the victims’ motorcycles had also been torched.
According to the police, the attack was motivated by robbery and attempt to terrorise local residents. “Everything the victims had was taken away by the perpetrators including rice, money and other belongings they kept in their huts,” Didik said.
Last November, the same Sulawesi-based terrorist group burned down a Salvation Army’s church post and Christian homes, after they hacked four Christians to death and beheaded one in Sigi Regency, Central Sulawesi. The authorities have not been able to capture the fugitives despite months of efforts.