Volunteers of the humanitarian wing of the Islamic Defenders Front inspect earthquake damage in Palu in 2018. Photo: AP

In Indonesia, when disaster hits it’s the Islamist militants who are first to help

  • The Islamic Defenders Front is notorious for smashing up shops selling alcohol and attacking minority Muslim sects
  • Yet over the past 15 years it has also repurposed its militia into a force that is adept at searching for earthquake victims
Topic |   Indonesia

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Volunteers of the humanitarian wing of the Islamic Defenders Front inspect earthquake damage in Palu in 2018. Photo: AP
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