No Thai link to IS suspects

I WRITE in response to theSun's report on Feb 11 "Kelantan IS suspects believed to be trained in Thailand", in which Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, Federal Police Special Branch Counter-Terrorism Division, Royal Malaysian Police, was quoted as saying that the IS suspects from Kelantan have received training in Thailand and have very close links with Thai IS networks.

Thai security agencies have reaffirmed their verification that there is no hard evidence substantiating or indicating any links between Thai citizens and the IS or any international terrorist groups.

No Thai nationals have travelled to fight in Iraq and Syria.

It is important to emphasise that the Royal Thai Government and the Government of Malaysia share a common concern on the threat of international terrorism and extremism in the region. Our two leaders agree to strengthen efforts in border management and intensify cooperation on intelligence sharing for the mutual benefit of both sides in monitoring, preventing and countering the spread of terrorism and extremism in the region.

Nipa Nirannoot
Charge d'Affaires a.i.
Royal Thai Embassy