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INDONESIAN DAESH LEADER IN SYRIA KILLED IN DRONE STRIKE – SECURITY SOURCE

JAKARTA, An Indonesian Daesh leader in Syria and influential online recruiter and bomb-making instructor, Bahrum Naim, 34, has been killed in a drone strike in Syria, according to security sources.

His propaganda via the Internet radicalised and influenced many Indonesians to join Daesh in Syria. He also recruited people to become suicide bombers, including two Indonesian maids.

Bahrum Naim was killed by a US drone strike in Syria before Ramadan, a regional security source said.

The month-long Muslim holy month of Ramadan started in mid-May this year.

It was previously reported that Naim was killed in November last year but authorities were not able to verify his death.

Regional security officials expect his death to weaken Daesh propaganda and funding in Indonesia in the short term.

Naim is very influential. He influenced many people to join Daesh. He taught people how to make bombs via the Telegram application where he uploaded many bomb-making manuals, said the source.

With his death, at the very least, it will reduce Daesh (rate of) propaganda, recruitment drives, bomb-making tutorials and funding (for terror activities) in Indonesia, the source added.

Naim is known to be a major source of funding for terror attacks and activities in Indonesia, including the 2016 suicide bombing and shooting at a Starbucks cafe in Jakarta which killed four civilians and injured more than 20 people.

It is estimated he recruited at least 10 people to assemble bombs and to become suicide bombers, a counter-terrorism source said.

Naim was placed on the United Nations Security Council Sanctions list in July 2017 for participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities in support of Daesh as well as recruiting people for the terror organisation.

Source: Nam News Network