DAESH: THAILAND STILL GATHERING INFO ON THAI SOUGHT BY MALAYSIAN POLICE

BANGKOK, Thai authorities are still in the midst of gathering more information on a Thai national sought by the Malaysian police over his alleged involvement with the Daesh terrorist group.

The Malaysian authorities have identified the suspect as Awae Wae-eya, 37, from Cho Airong in Narathiwat.

Yesterday, Malaysian Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a statement that Awae and three other Malaysians, also linked to the terrorist group, were presumed dangerous.

Thai National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general, Gen Wanlop Raksanor said Thai authorities had yet to be informed by their Malaysian counterparts on Awae and only knew about him via media reports.

We will check whether the man carries dual dual Thai-Malaysian citizenship or travelled regularly to the Middle East," he told Bernama when met before attending the weekly cabinet meeting at the Government House here today.

Wanlop was commenting on Mohamad Fuzi's statement on Malaysian police efforts to track down the Thai and the Malaysians.

The fugitive Malaysians are Nor Farkhan Mohd Isa, 31, from Skudai, Johor; and Muhamad Hanafi Yah, 51, and Muhamad Faizal Muhamad Hanafi, 29, from Kampung Ketil, Pengkalan Kubor.

According to Malaysian police intelligence, the four suspects are allegedly planning attacks on non-Muslim places of worship, as well as abduct and murder policemen.

Mohamad Fuzi said six members of the four wanted men's terror cell had been arrested by the police Special Branch in Johor between Feb 27 and March 1.

Despite the prolonged conflict in southern Thailand which had claimed 7,000 lives since 2004, Bangkok has repeatedly stated that the country was free from any Daesh-related threats, with no arrest associated with the terrorist group.

Source: NAM News Network