07/24/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – According to the head of Indonesia’s anti-terror chief, the country is setting up a national action plan to counter violent extremism, as the Islamic State militant group continues to pose threat in the Southeast Asian country that had seen a rise of terrorist attacks in recent years.
At the United States-Indonesia Society in Washington event yesterday, Suhardi Alius, head of Indonesia’s National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) said, “For Indonesia, the influence of ISIS remains an eminent threat, particularly those related to Foreign Terrorist Fighters returnees and re-locators, including the so-called ‘frustrated travelers.”
In response to that, the national action plan to counter violent extremism to be set up by BNPT will include three pillars – prevention, law enforcement with strengthened legislative framework, and international cooperation – to prevent conditions “conducive to terrorism” and radicalization.
As for the fate of the Indonesians with militant links in the Middle East, Jakarta would create a task force to decide on what to do with them.
Just yesterday, Indonesian police identified a married Indonesian couple who they believe perpetrated a suicide bombing that killed 23 people at a church in the southern Philippines last January. The couple once tried to reach IS territory in Syria.
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