09 Jan '17, 10pm

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An Indonesian militant fighting alongside the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Middle East had used online payment services such as PayPal and bitcoin to transfer money to his comrades back home to fund terrorist activities. The militant, Bahrun Naim, is believed to have directed the funds to domestic terror cells across Java Island, said Indonesia's anti-money- laundering agency PPATK. Fraudulent transactions linked to terrorism detected by the agency more than doubled from 12 cases in 2015 to 25 cases last year, PPATK chairman Kiagus Ahmad Badaruddin told reporters yesterday, adding that this led the agency to tighten its scrutiny of financial transactions from overseas. Mr Kiagus said : "Such fund transfers are more difficult to detect as they are not within the conventional banking system. We can detect them only when the end user finally encashes them thr...

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