IS suspects believed to be hiding in southern Thailand

Four suspected Islamic State (IS) militants are believed to be hiding in Thailand’s southern border provinces to evade arrest by Malaysian police following the recent arrest of some members of their terror cell, The Star Online reported Wednesday (April 18).

The four suspected IS militants were identified by Malaysian police as Mumaham Faizal Muhamad Hanafi, 29; Muhamad Hanafi Yah, 51; Nor Farkhan Mohd Isa, 31; and Awae Wae-eya, 37, who is from Cho Airong district of Narathiwat.

Six members of the terror cell were detained in Johor by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division during February 27-March 1.

A source told The Star Online that the remaining four were believed to have fled to southern Thailand and they are considered to be highly dangerous and armed with weapons suspected to be supplied by a terror cell in southern Thailand.

The source said authorities believe they are not giving up their mission.

On Monday, Police Inspector-General Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said police were hunting for the four militants as they pose a danger to the country’s security.

He warned any individuals of providing sanctuary to the four suspected militants, withholding information about their whereabouts or in complicity with them  would face action under Section 130M, 130K and 130L of the Penal Code which carry jailterms from seven to 30 years.

He also urged anyone with information about the four to contact the Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division or to go to the nearest police station.