Taiwan deports Indonesian woman suspected of being IS member

Jakarta--An Indonesian woman was deported by the Taiwan authorities two days ago on suspicion of her being a member of Islamic State (IS), and she was arrested by Indonesian police upon her arrival at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, according to Indonesian media reports.

Kaharudin Ali, an immigration official stationed at the airport, was cited by the reports as saying that the 34-year-old, identified as Tri Astiningsih, is a suspected IS member.

Tri was deported from Taiwan Feb. 22. She was escorted by Taiwanese officials during the flight to Jakarta, where Indonesian anti-terrorist personnel met her at the airport, the reports said.

The woman was taken to the police command headquarters in the city of Depok for further investigation, the reports added.

An immigration official told CNA that the woman was arrested on Feb. 21 following cooperation between the Taiwanese authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States. The official described the case as the first of its kind.

The official further said that in addition to the woman, there are several other Indonesia nationals in Taiwan who are being closely monitored due to their possible links with IS, the radical Islamist militant group notorious for using violence against its opponents.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel