Indonesia says its most wanted militant killed in gunbattle

July 19, 2016 10:03 AM

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JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s most wanted Islamic militant was killed in a gunbattle with security forces, a top minister said Tuesday, in a victory for the government’s counterterrorism campaign that further tightens the vise on a dwindling band of extremists in the jungles of Sulawesi island.

Abu Wardah Santoso was one of two militants killed in the shootout Monday, Coordinating Minister for Security, Political and Legal Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan told reporters. The other was an extremist known as Mochtar, not Santoso’s deputy Basri, as police had initially thought.

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