Surabaya. National Antiterrorism Agency, or BNPT, said as many as 600 residents of East Java may have become new followers of the Islamic State, having taken their oaths of allegiance last year.
“We will keep an eye on those claiming allegiance to IS,” said Soubar Isman, Head of East Java’s BNPT, Tuesday (12/04).
He said at least 200 IS followers took their oath in Magetan sometime in mid-2015, and then another 400 in Malang at the end of last year.
“They were sworn in by a former student of Abu Bakar Ba’asyir. Some of them were students in this man's boarding school,” said Isman.
According to the BNPT, seven regions in East Java are considered hotbeds for radical ideology. They are Sidoarjo, Pasuruan, Blitar, Tulungagung, Malang, Banyuwangi and Lamongan.