07 December 2015
An Indonesian national has been arrested in Malaysia for allegedly attempting to recruit members for the Islamic State (IS) group.
The news broke on Saturday when Malaysian police announced the arrest of five IS-affiliated people, including a 31-year-old Indonesian man, between Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 for allegedly recruiting volunteers to take part in militant activities overseas, as reported by Reuters.
According to Royal Malaysia Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar, the leader of the cell was the Indonesian, who is said to have vowed allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi through Facebook last year.
… According to data presented in March by Nanyang Technological University terrorism expert Rohan Gunaratna, 27 militant groups in Southeast Asia had declared their support for IS. At least 19 of them were from Indonesia.
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Last updated on 08/12/2015