The head of a subdistrict in Central Sulawesi has been missing since early Wednesday morning. Locals believe he may have been kidnapped by the Santoso group, an Islamist group affiliated with Islamic State.
Subdistrict head feared kidnapped by armed Poso group
Fear has gripped residents after a subdistrict head went missing in Lore Timur district, Poso regency, Central Sulawesi. It is believed he was kidnapped by the Santoso-led armed civilian group.
Andi Baide, 69, the head of Kalimago subdistrict, Lore Timur, went missing after he left his house to look for firewood in Napu Forest.
Residents are concerned that he may have been kidnapped by the Santoso group, which is thought to be based in the Lore mountain range, Poso, because last December four locals also disappeared in a forest near the village. Of the four missing, one was found dead and buried in the forest.
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