Jail to jihad: Indonesian prisons a breeding ground for militancy
By 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.
15 February, 2016 As Indonesia hunts down Islamic State, homegrown jihadis regroup By Randy Fabi and Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - As Indonesian counter-terrorism forces hunt down supporters of Islamic State following last month's gun and suicide bomb attack in Jakarta, a quiet resurgence is unfolding of a homegrown radical network with a far deadlier track […]
17 September, 2013 Insight: Brotherhood leaders liken Egypt jail cells to graves CAIRO (Reuters) - Murad Ali says he was put in a foul-smelling cell on death row, sleeping on a concrete floor, and denied light and human contact after his arrest in Egypt's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. "It was as dark as a grave," he wrote in a letter addressed to friends and […]
11 January, 2014 No Palestinian tears for ‘criminal’ Sharon Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - Palestinians on Saturday hailed the death of former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon, describing him as a "criminal" but regretting that he is now permanently beyond the reach of the law. Human Rights Watch (HRW) also lamented the fact Sharon was […]
25 October, 2016 Some Indonesians ‘joining pro-Islamic State groups in Philippines’ By Kanupriya Kapoor and Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA (Reuters) - Islamic State supporters from Indonesia are traveling to join forces with their counterparts in the Philippines, raising concerns about cross-border violence, Indonesian anti-terrorism ...
19 July, 2016 Indonesia ’99 percent’ sure most-wanted militant killed in clash By Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is "99 percent" sure its most-wanted militant, a supporter of Islamic State known as Santoso, has been killed in a clash with security forces, a senior government official said on Tuesday. Santoso, who had been designated a "terrorist" by […]