NSC says suspected IS member had already left Thai border

The National Security Council (NSC) says a Malaysian national suspected by Malaysia to be a member of the Islamic State did enter Thailand but now he had left.

Comment by the NSC secretary general Gen Thaweep Netniyom came after Malaysia is hunting for an IS militant suspect, identified as Muhammad Muzaffa Arieff Junaidi, 27, from Kampung Gertak, Rantau Panjang, Kelantan who had fled to Thailand.

He was suspected to smuggle weapon from Thailand to Malaysia.

He said information from immigration revealed that the Malaysian entered the Thai border checkpoint at Sungai Golok on normal process same as other Malaysians crossing over to the Thai border.

Since Thai authoritues have no information of his terror activities, he was allowed to enter the country same as other people.

He calmed the public over IS presence and said the man had left the country at the same border check-point on April 21.

He said authorities also have no information in IS cell smuggling weapons from Thailand to Malaysia, but assured Thailand was ready to check if it has more information about the gun smuggling from Malaysia.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)