Thai security agencies on high alert following report from Malaysia on Isis

May 4, 2017
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Thai security agencies have been instructed to be on high alert and exercise close monitoring following a report that a Malaysian allegedly linked to the Isis had slipped into southern Thailand.

Defence Ministry spokesman Maj Gen Kongcheep Tantravanich, in a statement on Wednesday, said Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon had asked the country’s intelligence agencies to exchange information and verify the report.

“He (Prawit) assigned the Army Region 4 and the Royal Thai Police to be on high alert and to monitor the situation closely,” he said, adding that Thailand had yet to be informed by Malaysia on the report about an Isis linked individual having crossed over into southern Thailand.

Kongcheep asked the people to trust the government and its security agencies in keeping the country safe from any threat.

Yesterday, Malaysia’s Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, in a statement, announced the arrest of four men and two women for links with Isis

He also said that one man from Rantau Panjang, Kelantan, evaded arrest and escaped into southern Thailand with a pistol and an M-4 Carbine assault rifle. РBernama