Indonesia to introduce ‘Islam Tracker’ for followers of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

Indonesia will launch a public initiative to monitor Islamic State (IS) followers in the country, the country’s new prime minister has announced.

A statement from Bambang Pagdag told Indonesian radio on Friday that the measure would allow the government to track followers of ISIL, the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

The country has faced growing concerns over the growth of Islamic extremism and has been on high alert since the suicide bombing on the streets of Jakarta last month that killed more than 160 people.

The Islamic State group, also known as ISIL or Daesh, has seized swathes of Iraq, Syria and Libya and is widely seen as the most dangerous terror group in the world.

The group has been blamed for a string of deadly attacks in Indonesia, including the March 3 massacre at a Jakarta cafe that left more than 200 people dead.

The new measure, called the “Islam Tracker”, is part of a broader national campaign to track people in the Islamic State and the Islamic groups in Southeast Asia, a region where hundreds of thousands of people have joined the group.

In April, Indonesia launched a crackdown on the radical Islamic group after the country suffered the worst suicide bombings in its history.

More:Indonesia says it will deploy around 1,500 troops to fight Islamic State in Indonesia’s southeast, where it has struggled to contain the militant group.

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