A farmer was killed by suspected Islamic militants in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province over the weekend, police said on Monday.

Two farmers were on their way to their farm when they were stopped by members of the Eastern Indonesian Mujahideen (MIT) group in Poso district on Saturday, but one of them escaped, provincial police spokesman Didik Supranoto said.

Police searched the location the next day and found the body of the other farmer with stab wounds, Didik said.
The farmer who escaped recognized one of the ambushers as wanted MIT leader Ali Karola, the spokesman said.

Poso has been the scene of a joint military-police operation to capture MIT militants for five years.
The operation has reduced the size of the group, whose leaders have pledged allegiance to Islamic State, to a dozen people, police said.

But members of the task force in charge of the crackdown, known as Tinombala, have been accused of human rights abuses.

Authorities are investigating the deaths of three civilians who were allegedly shot by members of the task force in April and June.

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