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Austin Camoens
Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

Malaysia

Cops checking veracity of Malaysian 'comfort women' in Middle East report

The Star/ANN | Austin Camoens | Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

A resident painting over an ISIS flag in Solo, Central Java. Several such flags had appeared in the city that is a base for a number of prominent hardliners.

PETALING JAYA - Police are checking the veracity of a report saying some Malaysian women had joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) forces to offer sexual comfort to militants.

Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police received the information from a report in an online portal.

"The information did not come from official channels. We are trying to verify the information as it involves the good name of our country," he said in a press statement Wednesday.

The portal reported that Malaysian women were believed to have joined Isis forces to offer Jihad Al-Nikah or "sexual jihad" to militants.

Senior intelligence officials had allegedly told the online portal that three Malaysian women had gone to the Middle East to join Isis forces.

Jihad Al-Nikah is a concept where Sunni women are said to offer themselves as sexual comfort to fighters for the establishment of an Islamic rule.

The concept originated from a Wahhabi edict in 2013, which called for Sunni women to offer themselves for sexual comfort to boost the morale of fighters in Syria.

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