JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police warned against public disorder Wednesday following the online publication of a video of the country's most-wanted militant calling on his followers to continue attacks on anti-terror officers.
National police spokesman Maj. Gen. Ronny Frengky Sompie also said police are investigating the video, which appeared Tuesday on YouTube. In it, Abu Wardah Santoso says militants must continue to fight Indonesia's "Densus 88" anti-terror squad "until the doomsday" or face not only disaster but God's eternal punishment in hell.
Sompie said police are trying to determine who uploaded the video and where they uploaded it, "but the priority is to improve vigilance so that there is no restlessness among the society."
Santoso is alleged to command eastern Indonesia mujahadeen. He is wanted for several attacks in Java and Poso in Central Sulawesi province, where a Muslim-Christian conflict killed at least 1,000 people from 1998 to 2002. He also is wanted for running terrorist training camp in Poso.
The six-minute video shows Santoso flanked by two militants, each holding an assault rifle, while he points a pistol upward.
"Densus 88 is the real enemy. Densus 88 is the real devil," he said in the video, which has been removed from YouTube. "Jihad will continue even though full of thistles and thorns, full of hardships and difficulties."
Santoso said, "I am fully aware that jihad path is a difficult way ... but if we avoid this difficult path, God will punish us with disaster, and will send us to hell."
Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has a secular central government. It has been battling terrorists since 2002, when militants linked to the Southeast Asian network Jemaah Islamiyah began attacking Western nightclubs, restaurants and embassies. They launched their mostly deadly attacks by far at Bali nightclubs in 2002, killing 202 people, mostly foreign tourists.
More recent terror attacks in Indonesia have been less deadly, and have targeted not Westerners but security forces and local "infidels."