Incident Summary:

11/27/2020: Assailants armed with firearms and machetes attacked and held hostage Christian civilians at a Salvation Army outpost in Lemban Tongoa, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. At least four people were killed and several residences and a church were set on fire during the attack. Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT) claimed responsibility for the attack and stated that it was carried out in retaliation for alleged attacks by Christians against Muslims in Indonesia.




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Central Sulawesi

Lemban Tongoa

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity The Salvation Army
Specific Description Church
Nationality of Target International
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Christian Civilians
Nationality of Target Indonesia
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Firearms, fire, and swords were used in the attack.
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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 8
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
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
"Islamist Terrorists Kill Four Salvation Army Members in C. Sulawesi, Manhunt Launched," Jakarta Globe, November 29, 2020.
"IS-linked militants kill 4 Christians in Indonesia," Bangladesh Daily Star, November 28, 2020.
"IS says attack on Indonesia Christians is 'revenge' for events in 2000," Telegram messaging service, December 4, 2020.