Number of Female Terrorist Increases, Study Shows

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  • TEMPO.CO, Malang - The Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) revealed that the involvement of women in terrorism in Indonesia has increased since 2015. By means, the role of women in extremism showed a new trend.

    Based on data up to 2019, AMAN recorded a total of ten female terrorists.

    "Initially, men take the role and women support them economically," said director of AMAN Indonesia Ruby Kholifah in the 2019 Indonesia Peacebuilder Forum, which is held today, November 26 at Brawijaya University, Malang, East Java.

    AMAN noted that suicide bombings in Sidoarjo and Surabaya of East Java backed in 2018 involved three women and 11 children.

    Throughout 2017, as many as 1,500 children underwent military training at the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) camps.

    Ruby also explained that in 2015 some 3,500 young people in western countries were recruited by ISIS through social media, which one-sixth of them was women.

    Most recent data was the wife of the Medan suicide bomber who allegedly planned to carry out the terror in Bali.

    According to AMAN’s findings, many factors caused the involvement of women in acts of terrorism included poverty, social media, belief in a single truth, feelings of lack of family recognition, up to lack of communication with parents.

    EKO WIDIANTO