Cops: Youngsters joining IS misunderstand the faith

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh.

MUAR - Youngsters who are willing to give up their lives to join the Islamic State (IS) lack understanding on the Islamic faith, said Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh.

He said although the number of teenagers getting involved with IS came from religious school backgrounds, most of them are still just in the learning stages of the faith.

"I do not deny that teenagers showing interest in joining IS are mostly students of religious schools but what do they really know about Islam? They probably only learnt a quarter of whole religion," he said.

He told this to reporters during a press conference after attending the police assembly with retired police officers in conjunction with the Bukit Kepong Incident at Gelari Darurat, Bukit Kepong police station here on Monday.

Comm Mohmad also urged parents to keep a close watch especially on their children's internet activities, as social media was the main channel for terrorists groups to influence youngsters.

It was earlier reported that a 14-year-old girl, who was suspected of trying to join IS, was arrested by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division before she could board a Cairo-bound flight at KL International Airport on Feb 17.