Saturday, December 5, 2015

Authorities downplay IS Terror Warning for Phuket and Thailand, but beef up Security

It has emerged that the Russian Intelligence Service FSB has warned Thailand, that terrorists could have arrived in Phuket and travelled on to other places in Thailand. According to FSB 10 Syrians connected to Islamic State (IS) entered the Kingdom in October with a possible plan to attack Russian interests, reports The Nation. Thaiöands security authorities boosted safety measures in the capital and many provinces. PM's Office Minister Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana said that Russia had exchanged information with Thailand and wanted the Thai side to check the accuracy of the information on whether the Syrians had entered Thailand. "Thai authorities looked into the information and as of yesterday, we found no clues on Russia's concerns," he said.

The Governor of Phuket, Jamleran Tipayapongtada, said that all military, police and other authorities were aware of the reports and had intensified security precautions, as reports. "Everybody who lives on Phuket or is visiting Phuket can help," he said. '"Please let police know if you see something that is not quite right."
Targets for terrorists could be Phuket, Khao San Road in Bangkok and the walking street in Pattaya. But experts as Thammasat University Middle East specialist Jaran Maluleemsay say, that Thailand could also not be the target but a safe hub for terrorists, reports The Nation.

Also in Malaysia police have beefed up security, particularly around places associated with Russian and Western interests, which the reports indicated the militants were likely to target, writes Thai PBS.

Malaysia's police said on Saturday that it had arrested five people, including a European employed as a teacher, on suspicion of links with militant groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, reports Reuters.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Bombing at Erawan shrine: They point at the Uigurs

Who was behind the bombing at Erawan shrine in Bangkok on August 17, that cost twenty lifes? More and more annaouncements of Thailands Police point at people with connections to China's ethnic Uighur minority.

A man, carrying a Chinese passport in the name Abudureheman Abudusataer (also known as "Izan" or "Ishan"), may have directed the Aug 17 bombing of the Erawan shrine according to the police. He left Thailand on Aug 16 for Bangladesh.Information gathered by Thai police and Bangladeshi officials showed that the man departed Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, on Aug 30 and travelled to Istanbul in Turkey as his final destination, via New Delhi and Abu Dhabi, as Bangkok Post reports.

Several of the 12 bombing suspects for whom arrest warrants have been issued are believed to be Turkish.

Two suspects in the Erawan bombing case were moved from Min Buri prison to the 11th Military Circle for 12 days of detention on Monday: Adem Karadag, 28, and Yusufu Mieraili, 25, as Bangkok Post reported. Yusufu Mieraili was carrying a Chinese passport, as noted. In Thai custody he admitted giving a bag containing a device to the man who carried out the bomb attack. He seems to have travelled from Nong Chok to Hua Lamphong station. A Chinese official told the press that Mieraili may have belonged to the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a local militant group active in Xinjiang, reports

Adam Karadag, also known as Mohammed Bilaturk, insisted he had nothing to do with the attack trough his lawyer on Monday, as Khaosod English. reports. Karadag traveled from Turkey to Thailand via Laos and Vietnam, having paid a broker called Abdullah Abdullahman for his passage, his lawyer said.