JAKARTA — Police shot and killed five suspected Islamist militants in eastern Indonesia, the latest assault against a network of extremists behind deadly attacks on officers, authorities said on Saturday.
The men were killed in raids on Friday night and Saturday morning on the remote island of Sumbawa, police spokesman Lt Col Agus Rianto and the state news agency Antara reported. They followed the killings of two suspected militants earlier Friday on Sulawesi, also in the east of the country.
Antara reported that the Sumbawa operations were targeting militants who had fled the Makassar. Police said those victims were behind the recent killings of two police officers in Poso district, a long established hub for Islamist militants and the scene of a vicious war between Muslims and Christians in 2001 and 2002.
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