Two of the four suspected Islamic State (IS) militants wanted in Malaysia have been detained by Thai security forces in southern Thailand, but the two others have escaped, said Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon today (April 18).
He did not give any details of the two detainees, but said that they were being grilled by security forces to find out whether they were actually IS members or not.
The deputy prime minister insisted that there was no IS terror cell in Thailand, but said that it was possible that the terror group might try to form a cell here, noting that the extremist militants had already tried in other countries.
“They (IS militants) are trying and have a tendency to do because they had done in other countries. But we have been closely monitoring and taking precautions regarding IS and terrorism which may occur especially in three southernmost provinces,” said Gen Prawit.
It has not been disclosed if the two suspects would be handed over the Malaysian police.
Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, the national police chief, said police had been in regular contact with their Malaysian counterpart and police were investigating the case. But he declined to elaborate.
Meanwhile, Col Pramote Prom-in, spokesman of the Internal Security Operations Command of the Fourth Army Region, said confirmed Malaysian media’s reports that one of the 4 IS suspects wanted by Malaysia was a native of Cho-Airong district of Narathiwat, Awae Wae-eya.
He insisted that Awae, an unemployed, had no connection with the Islamic State, but he made use of the social media to promote himself so he would be recognized by foreign IS abroad.
He said that Awae earlier told security officers he made up the story and used the social media to win recognition from the IS.