» 08/11/2014, 00.00
MALAYSIA - INDONESIA
The dream of the Caliphate spreads to Asia, raising fears of violence in Indonesia and Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta warn that followers of the Islamic State are ready to strike their countries of origin. Governments, public places and other sensitive spots are their main targets. The goal is to erase secular and pluralist constitutions in order to introduce Sharia-inspired rules. At least 20 Malaysian nationals are in Syria to fight the jihad. The first recruits from the Philippines are reported.
Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Anti-terrorism experts from
Malaysia and Indonesia
have reported that several Malaysians and Indonesians have recently joined the Islamic State terror group (formerly
known as ISIS), which is active in
Iraq and Syria,
and are apparently planning attacks and
violence in their countries of
fascination exerted by former
al Qaeda militants, who were able to seize more land in
Iraq and carry
out brutal violence against minorities, has spread to several countries
in South-East Asia.
As AsiaNews reported recently, fundamentalist
movements and local Muslim
leaders have found inspiration in the exploits of the Sunni
fighters and intend to support
the struggle for the
establishment of an Islamic Caliphate.
agencies in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta
warn that Asian followers of the Islamic State want to overthrow local legitimate governments because the constitutions of the two states
are secular in nature. They also want to impose Sharia, the Islamic law, and enforce a rigid and fundamentalist
version of Islam.
to local political analysts and experts, terrorist threats in Southeast
Asia have increased. In Malaysia, the authorities have arrested at least
19 suspects for links with extremist groups in the past seven months.
have revealed plans to attack government targets, nightclubs,
bars and other entertainment venues. At the same time, at least 20 Malaysian nationals have travelled to Syria to fight in the ranks of
the Islamic State, but the actual number could be much higher.
part, Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, has banned
supporting the extremist movement,
and made numerous arrests. However, dangers
persist, the more so since some senior
officials, including a minister,
have shown little interest in prevention and repression.
Malaysia and Indonesia,
the first attempts to join the ranks
of the Islamic state have been reported in the Philippines.
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