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ICC Note: The head of a radical Islamist terrorist group based on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia has vowed to continue attacks on the nations anti-terror squad, known as Densus 88. The news is alarming for Christian’s living on the island of Sulawesi and especially in Poso, where thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes at the turn of the century as armed mobs of radical Muslims murdered and rampaged through the streets. It’s estimated that as many as 10,000 Christians may have been killed in the violence between 1998 and 2003 that engulfed much of Eastern Indonesia. 
7/11/2013 Indonesia (UCANews) – The leader of the East Indonesia Mujahideen has called on his followers to continue the fight against the country’s police anti-terror squad.
in a video posted on YouTube recently, Santoso alias Abud Wardah, who is on Indonesia’s most wanted list, delivered the speech with a pistol on his hand, while two other militants held assault rifles.
“For my brothers in Poso (Central Sulawesi), you have experienced the evilness of Densus 88 [anti-terror squad] to Muslims,” he said. “You already knew how Densus 88 killed our brothers and how it tortured and sent our brothers to jails.
“You don’t need to worry when fighting against Densus 88. You need to be in spirit, you need to be strong, you need to be brave,” he continued. “Jihad will continue even though full of thistles and thorns, full of hardships and difficulties.”
The video was first uploaded on Sunday, but YouTube later blocked it by request of the government. But it was then reposted on Wednesday by a different user.
Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Ronny Franky Sompie, told reporters on Wednesday that the police have formed a team, including the Ministry of Information, to investigate the person behind the upload.
“The threat in the video is real, not a bluff. Any threat to Densus 88 is serious,” Sompie said. He said it probably originated in Poso, where the battle with the Mujahideen is taking place and the location of the group’s training camp.
The former chief of Al-Qaeda in Indonesia, Badri Hortono, who was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for masterminding a series of bombings in the country, said Poso became the camp base because of its proximity to Philippine’s Mindanao, where militant Islamist groups are located.

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