The boys, armed with swords and firearms, got here to the village of Lembantongoa within the middle of the island on Friday, killing 4 males and setting fireplace to 6 homes, together with one the place prayers and non secular companies have been held, police mentioned.

The rationale for the assault was unclear instantly, and no arrests could possibly be made, police mentioned.

Nonetheless, based on authorities, the assault was carried out by the East Indonesia Mujahideen (Jap Mujahideen, MIT) group, based mostly in Sulawesi Island, one in all dozens of radical teams within the nation which have sworn allegiance to the IS.

Indonesia, the world’s most populous nation with a predominantly Muslim inhabitants, has been dealing with violence from Islamist militant teams for years, and the Central Sulawesi area has been dealing with violence between Christians and Muslims for many years.

“I got here to the conclusion that the attackers have been from MIT, after I confirmed them fortographies of some members of this group to witness the assault,” mentioned native police chief Yoga Priyahutama.

The makeshift church was empty on the time of the assault, dedicated early within the morning by eight jihadists. “Most individuals have been house on the time,” mentioned the police chief.

The village chief, Rifai, mentioned the 4 victims have been males.

Considered one of them was stabbed, one other was beheaded, a 3rd was virtually beheaded, and one was burned alive in his house.

If this assault was certainly dedicated by MIT, it will be the primary assault dedicated by a terrorist unit after the killing of the group’s chief 4 years in the past.

In 2018, says a terrorist knowledgeable from Jakarta, Sidney Jones, the MIT group was suspected of sending to Palu, when this metropolis was affected by an earthquake adopted by a tsunami, males who introduced themselves as humanitarian staff, pregnant by to recruit new members.