Russian Intelligence Warns IS Militants have entered Thailand

Posted on December 5, 2015 • Filed under: Asia, Terrorism, Thailand, Tourist Warning

Russia warns that IS militants ‘have entered’ Thailand .. In a letter to Thai police, Russian intelligence said Syrian IS members plan to target Russian interests in country.
Moscow’s top intelligence agency has warned that 10 Syrians linked to the Islamic State group have entered the kingdom to target Russians, Thai police said on Friday.
A leaked letter, marked “top secret” and “urgent” and signed by the deputy head of Thailand’s special branch, was widely circulated in local media late on Thursday.
It said Moscow’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has told Thai police that the group of Syrians entered the country between 15 and 31 October to target Russian interests.
“They (the Syrians) travelled separately. Four went to Pattaya, two to Phuket, two to Bangkok and the other two to (an) unknown location,” the letter said, citing information from the FSB. Read Article
“Their purpose is to create bad incidents to affect Russians and Russia’s alliance with Thailand,” the letter said, without naming the suspects. More than 1.6 million Russian tourists visited Thailand in 2014, the largest number from European nations. Arrivals from Russia spike during the Christmas and New Year holiday season. Read Article

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