Indonesian police have arrested five people for allegedly helping recruit and send Muslims to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State group, media reports said Monday. The suspects were arrested in three separate locations around Jakarta on Sunday, the Kompas daily said, citing the police.
“The arrests are the result of a police investigation related to the recruitment, funding and propaganda of ISIS,” national deputy police chief Badrodin Haiti was quoted as saying, referring to Islamic State.
He said the suspects had sent 37 Indonesians wishing to join Islamic State to Turkey, which borders Syria and Iraq. Twenty-one of them managed to enter Syria while the remaining 16 were arrested by Turkish authorities in January, the report said.
The Indonesian government estimates that 500 Indonesians have joined Islamic State, which has taken over much of northern Iraq. SAPA