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Jakarta Post

Beyond deradicalization, civil society takes part in counterterrorism efforts

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 30 2019   /  12:56 am
Soffa Ihsan (left), Nasir Abbas (JP/Yunindita Prasidya)(left), Nasir Abbas (JP/Yunindita Prasidya)

Soffa Ihsan (left), Nasir Abbas (JP/Yunindita Prasidya)Former terrorism convict UK was 25 years old when he started reading books about jihad, a concept widely used by religious extremists to justify acts of terror.He was actively involved in terrorism for two years after he was recruited by Abdul Matin, also known as Dulmatin, and was trained to make bombs and grenades. He served five years behind bars for his actions. Now 35 years old, UK is still struggling to let go of his attachment to weapons. Despite the fact that he has been through numerous deradicalization programs that have moderated his views, his struggle to disengage entirely from militant ideology is ongoing.“While people see them as bombs, grenades and arms, we see them as our second wives,” UK told The Jakarta Post over the phone.He added that ex-terrorists would feel less attachment to their “second wives” ...