The Ministry of Public Security has identified three teenagers who created fake Facebook pages claiming to have ties with the so-called Islamic State, according to a report on the ministry’s website Wednesday.
The three boys aged 13-14 are students in Binh Dinh, Dak Lak and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces, the police said.
They used the photo of an IS member as a profile picture and posted statuses in Arabic threatening more terrorist attacks.
Their acts are illegal but since they have shown remorse and given their young age, they will not face criminal charges, according to the police.
Minister Tran Dai Quang last month ordered the police to investigate and track down those who created Facebook pages of which the profile pictures were of the alleged IS members who took part in the Paris attacks on November 13. The owners of the accounts claimed to be related to IS.
The police said the owners of these accounts created these pages mostly to attract attention.
The police said individuals or organizations creating fake Facebook accounts to incite terrorism would be fined VND30-40 million (US$1,335-1,780) and sentenced to five years in prison if found causing public anxiety.