Jakarta: Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said that the government will prevent ex-Indonesian nationals who support ISIS terror group to enter the country's territory. He explained that law enforcement agencies will be instructed to tighten security in border areas.
"We will monitor regions that can be infiltrated by them," the former National Armed Forces (TNI) commander said here on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
According to him, the government will also verify ex-Indonesian nationals in Syria. Held around 3-4 months, the verification process will be spearheaded by the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT).
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"There are around 689 former ISIS members who consist of children, women and combatants," the former Army general stated.
The government has decided not to repatriate Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) from Indonesia. The Government wants to ensure that 267 million people of Indonesia are safe from the threat of terrorism.
For the record, based on CIA data, there are 689 people from Indonesia who join ISIS. Of the large number, it has established identities of 228 people and the other 401 people remain to be identified.