One of the world’s most wanted Muslim terrorists is shot dead in Indonesia

Indonesia’s most wanted extremist has been killed in a gunbattle with security forces.

Santoso, who was at the ‘symbolic heart’ of the Indonesian jihadi movement, was shot dead alongside another militant, the government said.

The death of IS supporter Santoso, who was slapped by the United States with an official terrorist designation, is a victory for President Joko Widodo, who made capturing him a top security priority.

Presidential spokesman Johan Budi said on Monday that Santoso was believed to be one of two militants killed in an exchange of fire with police on Sulawesi island, where he was thought to be hiding.