Seoul: South Korean authorities have detained five members of the Islamic State (IS) terror group after they were caught trying to smuggle a key bomb-making ingredient out of the country, the media reported on Tuesday.
Lee Cheol-woo of the ruling Saenuri Party on Monday said that they were held as they tried to smuggle ammonium nitrate which cannot be easily obtained in their home country, Lebanon, The Korea Herald reported.
The lawmaker said that South Korea should prepare against possible terrorist attacks.
"Korea is now one of the top-tier economies in the world and it is also sending peacekeeping forces abroad," he said, adding "So we never know whether we will become the target of terrorists."
He added that the National Assembly should pass the anti-terrorism act to more effectively deal with possible terrorist attacks.