Indonesia detains 14 people on way to Syria to join DAESH

Fourteen people, including children, detained by Indonesian officials as they allegedly tried to travel Syria to join DAESH

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

An Indonesian policeman holds a rifle in Jakarta on January 15, 2016

Indonesian police said it detained 14 people, including several children trying to flee Syria, where hundreds of people heading to join terrorist group DAESH everyday.

According to the Jakarta police spokesman Muhammad Iqbal, the group was trying to board a flight en route to Bangkok, where they later would continue on to Syria when they stopped by the officials.

A family with three children from Tangerang and five others including at least one children were among the suspects being held at the airport until police establish the identities, Iqbal said in a statement on late Sunday but did not state whether they planned to join DAESH.

More than 200 Indonesians had been deported by Turkey as of December 2015 after trying to enter Syria, said a report by Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict.

In January, the country’s capital was shaken by a major terror attack by DAESH that killed four terrorists and four civilians.

Following the attack, the government announced the plan for tougher anti-terrorism laws. Officials said the new law would broaden the definition of terrorism and make it easier to arrest and detain suspects in Indonesia, where the world’s largest Muslim population lives.

If approved, the new law aiming to stop anyone collaborating with terrorist groups or recruiting members for those groups will allow authorities to use electronic communications, intelligence reports and financial transactions as evidence in court against the suspects.

Strict measures will also effect citizenship status of Indonesians who have joined militant training or participated in terrorism in a foreign country as they will face with having their citizenships stripped of them.

TRTWorld and agencies