2 Indonesian pilots being radicalised by ISIS - leaked document

2015-07-09 11:23

(File) (Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Sydney - Australian authorities believe two Indonesian pilots may pose a security threat after being radicalised by ISIS, a leaked intelligence document obtained by an investigative website shows, although officials Thursday refused to confirm its veracity.

The Australian Federal Police "Operational Intelligence Report", published online by investigative website The Intercept, said the pilots were "likely employees" of AirAsia and Premiair and came to their attention through their Facebook pages.

It said their postings "inferred support to the ISIS".

"Upon review of the content from both accounts it is assessed that these persons are likely being influenced by radical elements, at least from the online environment and as a result, may pose a security threat," it said.

In a statement to AFP, the federal police would not comment on whether the document, entitled "Identification of Indonesian pilots with possible extremist persuasions" and dated March 18 this year, was genuine.

"The Australian Federal Police does not comment on matters of intelligence," it said.

"The Australian Federal Police maintains strong relationships with its domestic and foreign law enforcement partners to ensure the ongoing safety of Australians both within Australia and abroad."

The AirAsia pilot graduated from its academy in 2010, the document said, and flew international routes including to Hong Kong and Singapore.

It said a change in his Facebook posting style became evident in September last year "wherein he started posting material indicative of support to IS".

Around this time, he began interacting online with a second pilot, said to be a former Indonesian navy pilot who now works for Premiair, who "liked" his postings on ISIS.

This pilot had flown to Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, the intelligence report claimed, with recent reposts on Facebook including "extremist related articles".

"Both appear to be influenced by pro-ISIS elements including extremist online propaganda by well-known radical Indonesia outlets and a suspected Indonesian terrorist fighter who is likely to be in either Syria or Iraq," the police report concluded.

The Intercept said it was distributed to law enforcement agencies in Turkey, Jordan, Britain, Europe and the United States.

AFP was seeking comment from Malaysia-based AirAsia and Premiair, a leading aviation services and aircraft management operator headquartered in Jakarta.

Read more on:    isis  |  indonesia  |  security  |  aviation

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.