By Jung Min-ho
A Syrian man has been arrested after allegedly promoting the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group and encouraging other foreign workers to be part of it, police said Friday.
According to the Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency, the man, 33, whose identity is being withheld, was arrested for allegedly violating the anti-terrorism law, which bans activities that can endanger national security and citizens' safety.
After receiving reports, investigators apprehended him at his residence in Pyeongtaek on June 18. Police said they found explosive material in his car and IS promotion video clips on his computer.
It unclear whether he is a member of the IS or just a follower.
After entering Korea in 2007, he applied for legal refugee status, which was later rejected. Instead, he received a residency permit for humanitarian reasons, which has to be renewed every year.
Over the past 10 year, he worked at various places across Gyeonggi Province.