BNPT Identifies 80 Ex-ISIS Indonesian Children in Several Countries


Sumber: Tribunnews–The National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) has identified at least 80 former ISIS Indonesian children who are now living in several countries.

The Head of BNPT Komjen Pol Boy Rafli Amar explained that these children were taken by their parents who were influenced by ISIS ideology to the terrorist group-controlled territories.

“They now live in various countries, such as Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and several places. There are 3-4 (countries),” he said in Jakarta, Monday (6/22).

He also mentioned that the population data and civil registry system (Dikdukcapil) was beneficial for the BNPT in identifying data through photos of residents who had joined ISIS.

“Therefore, we have collected data on about 80 (people) categorized as children. They are under ten years old. These children were taken by their mother and father to go there, “he said.

According to him, the fate of these children is still being discussed in international forums, both with countries holding authority to institutions under the United Nations (UN).

Based on BNPT data, there are approximately 1,500-1,600 ISIS-linked men, women, and children who are now living abroad.

Boy said the fate of these ex-combatants could be a lesson that ISIS persuasion about jihad in the name of religion turned out to be misleading.

“They suffer a lot today. Some imprisoned in detention camps, some died. In fact, there are Indonesian children under the age of 10 who are displaced,” he said. (ra/Ay / Antara / Republika)