17 Indonesians who escaped Islamic State leave Syria, Kurdish officials

A group of 17 Indonesian nationals who had joined Islamic State in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa have been handed over to representatives of their country and have left Syria, a local Kurdish official and a spokeswoman said, as cited by Associated Press.

According to the official, Omar Alloush, the Indonesian nationals included men, women and children.

They were handed over on Tuesday at a Syria-Iraq border crossing.

They had been asking to be sent back home, he said.

Spokeswoman Nisreen Abdullah from the Women’s Protection Units also confirmed the handover.