Incident Summary:

12/13/2019: Assailants took an unknown number of police officers and civilians hostage near a mosque in Salubanga, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. One police officer was killed and the remaining hostages escaped shortly after the kidnapping. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Central Sulawesi


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Indonesian National Police (INP)
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) escaped (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Terrorist group attacks Central Sulawesi village, killing police officer," Jakarta Post, December 15, 2019.
"Alleged militants kill police officer in eastern Indonesia," United News of Bangladesh (AsiaNet), December 14, 2019.
"Indonesia Steps Up Investigation After Militant Attack on Police," Government Publications & Documents, December 16, 2019.