Myanmar police on guard after news ‘IS terrorists entered Thailand’

06 December 2015
Myanmar police on guard after news ‘IS terrorists entered Thailand’
Security police at during 24th ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: Hong Sar/Mizzima

Myanmar needs to take security precautions following news that 10 suspected members of the so-called Islamic State terrorist group had entered neighbouring Thailand.
This was the message from Myanmar Police Force Chief of Staff Brigadier Thura Boni, speaking to Mizzima on December 5. 
“There are no brick boundary walls along Myanmar-Thai, Sino-Myanmar, Indo-Myanmar, Myanmar-Bangladesh and Myanmar-Laos borders,” he said. “So we have information sharing through interstate crime bodies, INTERPOL and ASEANPOL. Police and Armed Forces alone cannot provide 100 percent security cover to the nation. People need to provide their cooperation to us.”  
Thura Boni said they had been informed earlier and had taken security measures against IS members and possible terrorist plans.
“For some work which cannot be done alone by the police, we have cooperation with military,” he said. 
Thai Special Forces said that they received the information from Russian intelligence that 10 Syrian nationals believed to be IS members had entered Thailand between October 15 and 31. 
Reuters reported on December 4 that four IS suspects travelled to the Thai seaside resort of Pattaya, another two suspects had reached Phukhet, two suspects were in Bangkok and the destination of the remaining two was unclear.