Indonesia to revoke IS combatants’ passports to prevent their returns

26-Feb-2020 Intellasia | Xinhuanet | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Indonesia will revoke passports of hundreds of its nationals who have joined the IS group in Syria and Iraq in a bid to prevent them from coming back into their home country, Chief Security minister Mahfud MD said on Monday.

As many as 689 Indonesians have been classified as foreign terrorist fighters, and pledged allegiance to the IS group, according to the government.

The militants have been identified and their documents have been gradually handed to the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, minister Mahfud said.

“Their passports are going to be revoked so that they cannot enter Indonesia,” he said at his office.

Still, the government will repatriate children aged under 10 years old and without parents, the minister said.

Currently the government has been identifying the children who have joined their parents in Syria and Iraq, he added.

In addition to revocation of the passports, Indonesia has boosted patrols and surveillance in the border areas of the vast archipelago, primarily the sea border shared by the country and the southern Philippines, according to vice President Ma’ruf Amin.

Indonesia has been stricken by a string of suicide bombings since years ago, involving women and children. The deadly attacks killed dozens of people and wounded scores of others.


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