National Police: ISIL video recruiter is wanted terrorist

August 06, 2014
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – National Police Chief Sutarman said Monday (August 4th) it has identified the man in an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) recruitment video as a wanted terrorist, local media reported.

Sutarman also said the man, identified as Abu Muhammad al-Indonesi in the video, has alleged links to Santoso, Indonesia's most wanted terrorist, The Jakarta Post reported.

University of Indonesia terrorism expert Ridlwan Habib said the man police are referring to is Bahrumsyah, a martial arts expert who in 2004 attended State Islamic University (UIN) in Ciputat, according to

The National Police believe Indonesians have not travelled directly to Syria or Iraq to support ISIL, but instead go to neighbouring countries before illegally crossing the border, according to the Jakarta Globe.

"We will prepare for when (the ISIL fighters) return, because there is the possibility they could get involved in acts of terrorism in Indonesia in the future," Sutarman said.

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A caliph is freely chosen by Muslims everywhere for his wisdom and spiritual qualifications. The ISIL leader's proclamation of himself as caliph over all Muslims violates the principles of Islam.

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