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01/20/2021 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – The daughter of an Indonesian couple, who both died in their suicide attack against a Catholic church in southern Philippines, told an Indonesian official that she was compelled by her parents to join the Islamic State group.

According to Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, the region’s top military commander, on January 13, the young woman, who was arrested in the southern Philippines on suspicion of preparing for a suicide bombing mission, met with Indonesian Consul-General Dicky Fabrian.

Benar News reports that Fabrian wanted to meet with Rullie to make sure that “she is really an Indonesian” by seeing her in person. The meeting took place at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group detention facility in southern Zamboanga city, where she is being held.

Rezky Fantasya Rullie (alias Cici and Nini Isarani) was first brought to the island of Jolo by her parents, Rullie Rian Zeke and Ulfah Handayani Saleh. She was then married to another Indonesian suicide bomber as arranged by her parents. Her younger siblings, a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, remained somewhere in a mountainous area on Jolo Island.

Rullie was arrested last October by Philippine troops, along with two Filipinas suspected of plotting suicide attacks. Their husbands are members of the Abu Sayyaf Group, an Islamic State (IS)-linked group based in the southern Philippines. Rullie’s husband, Andi Baso, was believed to be killed by the Philippine authorities last August.

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