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Jakarta Post

National scene: Weak border control breeds terrorism

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 12, 2015   /  05:00 pm

JAKARTA: National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) head Police Comr. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution warned that weak border control could worsen the threat of terrorism in the country. Saud said that border areas in the country had become an entry point for terrorists.

'€œTerrorism is the direct result of weak border control,'€ Saud said as quoted by

Weak border control had also resulted in other types of criminal activities such as illegal logging, smuggling and human trafficking, according to Saud.

He said that, in the past, terrorist like Azahari and Noordin M. Top had been able to operate in the country due to the country'€™s porous border.

The BNPT had previously said that 169 people had returned to Indonesia from Turkey after failing to enter Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) movement and that 53 Indonesians had died in IS combat, four of them in suicide bombings.

However, Saud emphasized that the returnees should not be a cause for concern.