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Ninjas (Indonesia)

Name assigned by coder: no
PGM ID Number: 348
Country: Indonesia
Date formed: Nov. 15, 1991
Details of Formation: Emerged in 1991 as a 'shadowy' extra task force apparently controlled by either the military and/or the special forces, for killing independence supporters. Active throughout the 90s in East Timor, until they were presumably subsumed by the militias that sprang up in 1999.
Date dissolved: Dec. 2, 1999
Details of Termination: There is no mention of the ninjas being terminated, but since there is no mention in 1999, it is probable that ninja members were disperesed into the pro-integration militias that emerged that year. Alleged link to both the army and special forces and one of Suharto's sons. Date of East Timor Transition Government put in place.
Successor group(s): none
Private Military Company? no
Government Relation: type1
Government Link(s): person/minister; state/military institution
Training and Equipment no
Shared Information and Joint Operations no information
Shared personnel yes
Types of Material Support: military
State Sponsor(s): none
Other Connection(s):
Membership: ideology; security forces; adolescents
Location: Dili (East Timor)
Force Strength: [unknown, 274]
Target(s): civilians; unarmed political opposition, government critics
Purpose(s): intimidation of ethnic/religious groups; intimidation of civilians
Other Information: attack pro-independence Timorese