Islands in focus: IS movement detected in West Java

The Sukabumi Military District Command in West Java suspects that the Islamic State (IS) movement, also known as ISIS, is disseminating views and recruiting members in its jurisdiction.

"According to our intelligence reports, there are several groups believed to have recruited and disseminated ISIS views here, and we are closely monitoring their existence," Sukabumi Military District Commander Lt. Col. Sarifudin told Antara news agency on Monday.

He explained that some members were local residents who had attempted to go to Syria, but whose efforts had been foiled.

In their attempts to go to Syria and Iraq, the suspects acted as if they wanted to visit relatives in Malaysia, before continuing their journey to their destination countries, he said.

He added that his district command had a list of suspected IS members, but declined to give further details on the number of suspects or their whereabouts.