Over 5,000 Islamic State members in Indonesia as new branches, new groups, are created constantly

Over 5,000 Islamic State members in Indonesia as new branches, new groups, are created constantly

The Muslim Issue

Dad chose the wrong jihad: sons of Abu Bakar Bashir create own jihadist group

Militant Abu Bakar Bashir alienates two sons with his allegiance to Islamic State, prompting them to form their own jihadist organisation

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 August, 2014, 11:47pm

Amy Chew in Kuala Lumpur

c3adf338aef5cc9889c101beb5fc6fd3.jpg Abu Bakar Bashir, serving a 15-year jail term, is the spiritual leader of the group blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings. Photo: EPA

Jihadist spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir’s influence over Southeast Asia’s militants could be on the wane, after his sons denounced his allegiance to Islamic State, a group so brutal even al-Qaeda severed ties with them.

“On this matter of Islamic State, I have parted ways with my father,” Abdul Rohim, Bashir’s youngest son, told the South China Morning Post in a phone interview from Indonesia.

There must be around 5,000 Islamic State members in Indonesia now
ALI FAUZI, EX-JEMAAH ISLAMIAH

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