Indonesia extends IS-military operations; Covid-19 cases rising - over 56,000

A stallholder looks at her phone as she waits for customers at Kuta Art Market in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. The Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,293 within one day to 56,385, with the death toll adding by 71 to 2,876, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official said. - Bloomberg

JAKARTA, June 30 (Xinhua): The Indonesian government has prolonged the operation to hunt down members of a cell affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group in a deep forest of Central Sulawesi province.

The "Tinombala Military Operation," which had been scheduled to run till June 28, has been extended until Sept 30, the National Police's Spokesman Brigadier General Awi Setiyono said on Tuesday (June 30).

The extension was aimed at hunting down on scores of IS-linked militants who are still hiding in the forest of Poso district, the general said.

"There are still 14 targets who have not been captured," he said at the police headquarters.

The militants are grouped in the Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT), which has a linkage with the IS global terrorist group.

Dozens of militants have been captured or killed during the mission, including the group leader and his predecessor of Ali Kalora.

The MIT militants have often staged terrorist acts, targeting military personnel and policemen as well as civilians. Enditem

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,293 within one day to 56,385, with the death toll adding by 71 to 2,876, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here on Tuesday.

According to him, 1,006 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 24,806.

Within the past 24 hours, five provinces, namely South Kalimantan, Jakarta, Central Java, East Java and South Sulawesi recorded high numbers of cases, Yurianto said.

No more new positive cases were found in seven provinces, namely Jambi, Riau, Riau Islands, Bangka Belitung, Bengkulu, West Kalimantan and East Nusa Tenggara.

Yurianto called on the public to obey the health protocols in a bid to prevent more Covid-19 infections. - Xinhua
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