National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) chief Gen. Comr. Suhardi Alius. (Antara Photo/Puspa Perwitasari)

Denmark, Indonesia Form Counterterrorism Partnership to Stop Foreign Jihadists Traveling to Syria, Iraq


NOVEMBER 26, 2016

Jakarta. National Counterterrorism Agency chief Gen. Comr. Suhardi Alius held a meeting with Danish Ambassador Casper Klynge to establish a partnership in information exchange and counterterrorism on Friday (25/11).

"Denmark is more than aware of Indonesia's achievements in countering terrorism and wants to learn from our experience to reduce risk of terrorist attacks in their own country," Suhardi said in Jakarta.

Denmark considers terrorism a serious threat for its citizens, especially since in January last year an Islamic State website declared the country one of its targets.

Since then, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) and the Danish Defense and Intelligence Service (DDIS) have put in more effort into monitoring terror threats at home.

"According to the ambassador, 125 Danish citizens were in Syria and Iraq in April this year. Since then, 62 of them have returned to Denmark," Suhardi said.

Also in April, according to the former West Java Police chief, Danish authorities arrested four foreign fighters inside the country.

"The Danish Police seized ammunition and weapons [from the men]," Suhardi said.

After the arrest, Denmark issued a ban on its citizens from entering conflict areas in Syria and Iraq and increased prison sentences for anyone who promotes or is involved in terrorist activities.

"I told Ambassador Klynge that we have been aware of this problem [of foreign fighters coming in and out of Syria and Iraq] for some time, although [in Indonesia] the danger is on a different level," he said.