More women willing to join extremist groups


ALOR SETAR: Police believe that more women are now willing to join terrorist groups and even agree to become suicide bombers.

Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division (E8) director Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said they noticed a rising trend in women getting involved in Islamic State terrorist activities, including becoming suicide bombers.

He said it reached a worrying level in South-East Asia.

“We are very concerned about the rise in the number of women becoming suicide bombers,” he said at a press conference during the Security Awareness Seminar: Addressing Daesh Threats, Islamic State (IS) and Misleading Teachings in Pendang district police headquarters yesterday.

“The Jolo church bombing in southern Philippines in January involved a woman. The Surabaya attack was also carried out by a woman who brought along her family members while taking part in suicide bombing.

“It is a new trend in the South-East Asian region where women are being used as suicide bombers.

“From January this year alone, we have arrested more than 30 IS militants, including women,” he said, adding that a female IS militant was arrested in Serian, Sarawak.

The Jolo church bombing in January killed more than 20 people and wounded over 100.

Filipino police revealed that a husband and wife were the suicide bombers in the attack.

In May last year, a mother of six took part in a series of church bombings in Surabaya, Indonesia, that killed 13 and injured 41. Her children took part in making the bombs.

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