A member loyal to Islamic State waves a flag in Raqqa. (Reuters Photo/Stringer)

Eight Indonesian-Born Islamic State Followers Deported by Turkey


DECEMBER 19, 2017

Jakarta. National Police confirmed on Tuesday (19/12) that eight Indonesian citizens were deported by Turkey on Sunday for joining the Islamic State in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

"On Sunday, at 7.55 p.m. Jakarta time, we picked up eight Indonesians who were foreign terrorist fighters in Syria and Iraq..." said Senior Com. Martinus Sitompu, a National Police spokesman, as quoted by BeritaSatu.com.

The eight individuals were only identified by their initials SS (40), M (23), DA (22), AZ (21), MI (21), YA (19), JA (11) and AM (7). The group consists of five men, two children and one woman.

"They are Indonesians that were arrested in the Hatay area near the border between Turkey and Syria […] five men planned to enter Syria," Martinus explained.

According to Martinus, police are still conducting investigations into the individuals.

Christmas Attackers

National Police said last week that 19 suspected terrorists were arrested for allegedly plotting to carry out attacks during Christmas and New Year celebrations.

"There were 19 people that we captured from Dec. 9-11 in East Java, Pekanbaru (Riau) and South Sumatra […] There is no terror plot, but this is our preventive strike, action before their attacks," Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasita said.

Police also urged all social communities to be aware of possible threats.

"For sure, [those who were] from East Java linked to the Abu Jandal group and they just returned from Syria. [Those who were] from Pekanbaru were involved in purchasing weapons and conducting military training at the Gema Lipat Kain hills, Kampar [Riau] and [those who were] from South Sumatra linked to Jamaah Anshar Khilafah," he explained, citing two local groups that are affiliated with Islamic State.

The 19 individuals are currently being detained at Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) headquarters in Depok, just south of Jakarta.

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