Operation Tinombala

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Operation Tinombala
Operation Tinombala 2016 Logo.svg
Official logo of Operation Tinombala
Date 10 January 2016 – present
Status Ongoing


Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT)
Commanders and leaders

Indonesia Joko Widodo
Badrodin Haiti
Gatot Nurmantyo

Tito Karnavian

Basri (POW)

Ali Kalora
approx. 3,000 36
Casualties and losses
1 police dead 14 soldier dead 1 helicopter shootdown 34 wounded in action and 10 dead

Operation Tinombala (Indonesian: Operasi Tinombala) is a joint-military operation conducted by the Indonesian National Police and the Indonesian Armed Forces to capture and/or eliminate members of Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT), an Indonesian terrorist group which supports ISIL and was commanded by Santoso. Recently, the Indonesian military and police succeeded in killing Santoso, but General Tito Karnavian continued the operation to ensure the region's safety from the remaining eleven members of the group.[2] Central Sulawesi governor Longki Djanggola praised the operation for its relatively humane methods, since several leaders of the group were successfully captured alive.[3]


The operation was commenced by the Indonesian government to eradicate the MIT and prevent them from spreading terror to Indonesian and foreign citizens in Central Sulawesi. The operation, a continuation of both Operation Camar Maleo I & II, began in early March 2016 and is still ongoing.[4] In 2014, MIT pledged their allegiance to ISIL and became a terrorist group. Their main figurehead was Santoso, though after his death and the arrests of other leaders, the remaining eleven members hid in the jungles surrounding Poso, Central Sulawesi.


On 18 July 2016, Indonesian forces claimed to have shot and killed MIT leader Santoso.[5] Santoso's death may lead to the end of MIT.[6]

On 14 September 2016, Andika Eka Putra, one of the remaining members of the MIT, was killed.[7]

On 19 September 2016, Sobron was killed by Operation Tinombala's Task Force.[8]

On 16 May 2017, two MIT militants were killed in a firefight with Indonesian forces in Poso. One Indonesian soldier was wounded.[9]

On 3 August 2017, a farmer was killed after he was attacked by a terrorist in Parigi Moutong, Indonesia.[10]


  1. ^ "Panglima TNI ungkap Satgas Tinombala buru Santoso pakai drone TNI AU". July 16, 2016. (in Indonesian)
  2. ^ "Operasi Tinombala Targetkan Tangkap Santoso dalam Waktu 60 Hari". Kompas (in Indonesian). Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  3. ^ Ruslan Sangadji, Only 11 MIT members remain at large: Task force. Jakarta Post, 20 September 2016. Accessed 22 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Operation Tinombala gets three-month extension". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Report on Santoso's death". Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  6. ^ Jones, Sidney (21 July 2016). "Santoso dead: Now for the next chapter". Lowy Institute for International Policy. Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  7. ^ "MIT member found dead in Poso's Puna River". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Indonesian Militant Suspected to be from ISIS Linked Terror Group in Poso Killed". The Straits Times. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  9. ^ http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/05/16/two-suspected-poso-terrorists-killed-in-shootout.html
  10. ^ "Turun Gunung, Kelompok Santoso Tembak Mati Petani". August 3, 2017. (in Indonesian)
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