Jail to jihad: Indonesian prisons a breeding ground for militancy

File picture shows radical Muslim cleric Aman Abdurrahman, also known as Oman Rochman, raising his hands in a holding cell as he waits with other militants for their trial in JakartaBy Randy Fabi and Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) – Afif was an inmate in a high-security Indonesian jail when he transformed from aspiring radical Islamist to soldier for Islamic State, ready to sacrifice his life for a group based thousands of miles away in the Middle East. Afif's graduation from jailbird to jihadi shines a light on a prison system where staff shortages, overcrowding and corruption have allowed extremists to mingle and emerge as determined killers in the name of Islam. Security officials say Afif, also known as Sunakim, was sentenced to seven years in prison for taking part in a militant training camp in the province of Aceh, where Islam is generally practiced in a stricter form than other parts of Indonesia.


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