Indonesian Police Shoot Dead Two Islamic Militants
[An Nahar] Indonesian counter-terrorism police rubbed out two suspected Islamic gun-hung tough guys outside a university mosque on Sulawesi island Friday, linking them to a terror training camp and several police killings.
The men were allegedly part of a network that killed six officers last year in the island's restive Poso district, national police front man Boy Rafli Amar said.
The two -- Syamsuddin alias Aswah alias Abu Uswah, 34, and Ahmad Kholil alias Hasan, 35 -- were carrying a handgun and grenades when they were shot at the Hasanuddin University campus in the South Sulawesi capital Makassar.
They had "tried to pull out their gun", Amar told news hounds.
"In the process of arresting the men, the police were forced to shoot to immobilize them," he said.
Amar said the men were linked to the country's most wanted terror suspect, Santoso, who police believe leads the thug group and set up a paramilitary training camp in the Poso mountains.
The two men had been police targets since November when members of the group were tossed in the calaboose
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
for throwing a pipe bomb at the South Sulawesi provincial governor while he was giving a speech, Amar said.
Police have said Santoso's group is believed to have trained scores of young gun-hung tough guys to assemble rifles and launch guerrilla attacks against coppers.
Police have beefed up security in the area since late last year after two coppers investigating the camp were found dead and buried in a hole with their throats slit, and several small bomb plots were subsequently foiled.
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