The Indonesia National Police are aiming for the complete eradication of the radical Islamic State (IS) movement in Indonesia by 2019, matching the commitment of other state security agencies, an official has said.
"The eradication of IS is a priority program for the National Police, with the police's intelligence and security division the agency responsible. It's in line with what has been committed by the National Intelligence Agency (BIN), National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) and the government," the head of the police's intelligence and security division, Djoko Mukti Haryono, said as quoted by Antara on Friday.
"We have agreed that by 2019, IS will no longer exist in Indonesia. That's the ideal eventuality," he went on.
He made the comments during a discussion on the effectiveness of blockading radical sites in the fight against terrorism at the University of Bhayangkara Jaya Raya in Jakarta on Friday.
Djoko said it was hoped that the police and other security authorities could achieve a common conclusion on the current presence of IS supporters in Indonesia. It is believed that the number of IS supporters has continued to expand and requires the close attention of the government.
"We want to know how many IS-related figures there are in this country. There are likely different figures on the number of IS supporters, as they have continued to expand," he said.
According to Djoko, the National Police have established a counterradicalism task force assigned to deradicalise terrorist groups such as IS.
One of the missions the task force has conducted is to encourage 12 Indonesian citizens thought to have joined IS in the Middle East to return home.
"Initially, the 12 Indonesian nationals did not want to return home. They had sold all of their property. They eventually agreed to return home to Indonesia and now they are attending a character-building program at Pondok Bambu penitentiary," said Djoko.
The 12 were among 16 Indonesian nationals arrested by Turkish security services on March 12 for allegedly attempting to enter Syria without proper documents. They took routes often used by IS sympathisers to travel into the IS-held territory.