Indonesian police chief Tito Karnavian said on Wednesday that terrorism would continue to threaten the country next year and had the potential to create grassroots conflict, The Jakarta Post Online reported on Thursday.
As part of the efforts to deal with terrorism, Tito said the police would continue with the Operation Tinambola in the restive region of Poso in Central Sulawesi to hunt down members of the terrorist group, the East Indonesian Mujahidin (MIT).
MIT founder. Santoso, one of the country’s most notorious terrorists, was shot dead in July this year.
Tito said the police would also monitor people flying to and coming from Syria to prevent the dissemination of the radical ideology espoused by the Islamic State group.
Our priority is those returning to Indonesia. Once they are found, we will name them suspects, he said.
About 600 Indonesians are thought to have travelled to Syria to engage in the jihad. Some have remained in the country while others have returned or lost their lives in the war.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)