One beheaded and three others killed as police hunt 'militants' in Indonesia

A manhunt has started after terrorists massacred four victims, including one who was beheaded, before burning down their homes in Indonesia.

Police say 10 fanatics associated with a “terrorist” group beheaded a victim and cut the throats of others on Sulawesi Island.

Human rights groups claim the victims were targeted because they were Christians – but researchers have yet to confirm this.

“This attack is yet another serious escalation against the Christian minority in Indonesia,” Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas Harsono told Reuters.

Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, has recently faced periodic militant attacks.

Gomar Gultom, the head of Communion of Churches in Indonesia, told Reuters the victims were Christians and urged authorities to resolve the matter.

Gina Goh, International Christian Concern Regional Manager for Southeast Asia, said: “ICC mourns the death of the Indonesian brothers and sisters brutally murdered by the alleged terrorist.

“We urge the Indonesian government to take the necessary steps to hold him accountable and bring him to justice.

“Such a senseless act cannot be tolerated in the country that prides itself on ‘Pancasila’, the state ideology that promotes religious harmony and tolerance.”