Indonesian officers detained six people today, including the youngster, on suspicion of planning to travel to the Middle East to join Islamic State. The group, who ranged in age from 10 to 48, were stopped in Indonesian capital Jakarta but are originally from Makassar in South Sulawesi. They were caught as they were about to board a flight to Doha in Qatar.It is not clear whether the six people arrested are related, and they have not yet been charged with a crime.
National Police spokesman Agus Rianto said police also questioned a man at a Jakarta guesthouse where the group had been staying. Security experts estimate that dozens of citizens from Indonesia, which has the world’s largest Muslim population, may have joined Islamic State in Syria or Iraq.
Malaysian and Indonesian militants have also discussed forming a 100-strong Malay-speaking Islamic State unit in Syria, according to a report from a security group. A number of Western teenage girls are believed to have travelled to the Middle East in order join Islamic State’s cause and become “jihadi brides”. And earlier this month it was reported that thousands of captured Iraqi women were being used as sex slaves by extremist fighters.