Indonesian authorities claim to have raided a militant hideout which resulted in the death of two men suspected of involvement in a 2019 Philippine church bombing.
In a statement, Indonesian police said that the January 6 raid in Makassar in South Sulawesi has led to a fatal shootout with two militants who resisted arrest.
Witnu Urip Laksana, Makassar police chief, said in an interview that the suspects are believed to be involved in the 2019 twin bombing incident in Jolo, Sulu. (Read: Jolo Twin Blasts, 2019 Cathedral Bombing Believed to Have the Same Mastermind)
Laksana added that the same men are suspected members of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD)— an Islamic State-inspired group that was behind a series of attacks across Indonesia.
Jolo Church Bombing
On the morning of January 27, 2019, the entire Philippines was left in shock following a twin suicide bombing attack at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu.
The incident, which left 20 people dead and 102 others injured, took place a week after officials held an autonomy plebiscite for the creation of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. (Read: 4 Modern-Day Martyrs Whose Deaths Changed the World)
The Islamic State has later on claimed responsibility for the attacks, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to declare an “all-out war” directive against the Abu Sayyaf — an Islamic State group based in the Mindanao region.