No sign of ISIS member fleeing into Thailand
There has been no official report about a member of the Islamist group ISIS who fled arrest in Malaysia escaping into Thailand, police said on Wednesday.
Immigration police chief Pol Lt-General Nathathorn Prousoontorn said there was still no indication that ISIS member Muhammad Arif Bin Junaidi had passed through border control into southern Thailand, though he could have crossed the border illegally elsewhere.
Nathathorn said he had ordered border officials to investigate and liaise with Malaysian police.
Royal Thai Police deputy spokesperson Pol Col Kritsana Pattanacharoen said Malaysian authorities had staged a crackdown on the jihadist group, but reports that one of its members had fled into Thailand remained unconfirmed.
“We are being careful about this,” Kritsana said. “Special Branch police and police in the border provinces are working together closely and monitoring the situation.”