LAMPUNG - Central Lampung Police precinct officers have arrested a married couple, Salamun (26) and Mutaharoh (24), for allegedly becoming followers and spreading the teachings of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The couple was arrested in their home in Kampung Sribasuki, Kalirejo district, Central Lampung regency, Lampung, on Saturday evening. The police also confiscated evidence, including books about ISIL and one flag emblazoned with ISIL symbols.
The police's head of intelligent and security department Adj.Comr. Memen said the arrest of Salamun and Mutaharoh began after one of Kalirejo Police members received information via text messages and he later forwarded the information to the Central Lampung Police precinct.
During interrogation, Memen said, Salamun claimed that he obtained information on ISIL from the Internet. "He also said ISIS taught justness and defended marginalised people," said Memen on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Lampung Police chief Brig. Gen. Heru Winarko said the police would continue to investigate the couple's involvement in ISIL. "The police have not yet named them as suspects. They are still under questioning," he said.
Heru further said his institution cooperated with the National Police and Islamic teachers, or ulama, in Central Lampung.
"We need to coordinate with Islamic teachers in Central Lampung because it is probable that there are more residents in the regency that have become ISIL followers. They may have received right information on the organisation. We do hope that the Islamic teachers can play role in introducing the languages of ISIS movements," said Heru.
In the beginning of August, the Lampung Police chief had urged Lampung residents to reject the spread of ISIL in the province. He admitted that there were a number of Islamic groups in Lampung, but there was no indication that they had been influenced by ISIL. "But if the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) considers that the groups have deviated from the right Islamic teachings, we will investigate them and take tough actions," said Heru.
He further said that to anticipate the spread of ISIL in Lampung, the police had cooperated with the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) and given advice to regional leaders in Lampung to prevent the radical group's ideology from spreading further.