Prawit: Malaysian man caught in Pakistan unlikely preparing to hijack THAI plane

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, who is in charge of security affairs, said on Tuesday (Dec 26) it was unlikely for a Malaysian man arrested at an airport in Pakistan with weapons and ammunition in his possession to be preparing to hijack a Thai Airways flight or stage a terrorist activity.

Gen Prawit was referring to a news report that a Malaysian, Al Muhd Alfie Kqhyriel, suspected to be an Islamic State member, was arrested at the Jinnah International Airport in Pakistan on Saturday (Dec 23) while he was broading Thai Airways flight TG 342 bound for Kuala Lumpur.

The Pakistani authorities reportedly seized from him four pistols, eight ammunition magazines and 70 bullets hidden in his bag and shoes.

Gen Prawit said the man was caught only for illegally delivering weapons and ammunition.  He was not involved in terrorism or attempting to hijack the THAI flight or having anything to do with Thailand, which was only a transit point, he added.

Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said he had learned of the news but not in detail.  However, he did not believe that the Malaysian man was preparing to hijack the plan as he would not be able to do it alone.

Pakistani and Malaysian authorities are still investigating the matter, he said.