Reuters Bali, Indonesia
Aug 10, 2016, 04.06 AM
Government and security experts attending a counter-terrorism meeting today in Indonesia, called for greater cooperation in intelligence sharing and more measures to deter flows of "terrorism financing".
Officials from 20 countries joined the two-day ministerial meeting on Indonesia's resort island of Bali as they discussed ways to counter militant activities around the world in light of recent attacks.
"Cyber technology should be utilized to prevent terrorist networks from using the internet as mean of propaganda, recruitment, cyber-attacks and cyber-crime. The returning foreign terrorist fighters are to be monitored through cooperation on intelligence and information sharing as well as best practices on border control," said Indonesian chief security minister Wiranto who chaired the meeting.
"Approaches to countering extreme ideology through counter-narratives and de-radicalization programs should be promoted. Of importance as well is blocking the flow of terrorist financing with practical cooperation to detect and deter terrorism financing," he added.
The meeting also attended by a UN representative came just days after Indonesian forces arrested six men plotting 'rocket attack' on Singapore.
The men are said to have been taking instructions from Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian who has joined Islamic State in Syria.
Indonesian investigators believed Naim is one of the masterminds behind an attack in capital Jakarta that killed eight people, including four attackers.