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Pro-IS deportees help radicalize West Sumatra groups: IPAC

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 3 2020   /  12:56 am

A new report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) found that Islamic State (IS) supporters who were deported while trying to join the extremist group played a major role in radicalizing neighborhood religious study groups in West Sumatra. The report, titled Learning From Extremists in West Sumatra, followed two groups in Padang and Bukit Tinggi in West Sumatra that grew from branches of pro-sharia advocacy groups into pro-IS cells. Both of the groups had members who had businesses in Tanah Abang market, Central Jakarta. In the market, the members came in touch with leading extremist clerics and invited them back to Sumatra.“Through these Jakarta-based friends, the groups were introduced to some of the highest-profile preachers in the extremist community,” the report said.The Padang group in particular was largely influenced by pro-IS deportees who were forced to ...