BANGKOK Ten Syrians “associated to” Islamic State entered Thailand in October to attack Russian interests, Thai police stated in a leaked document citing information from the Russian Federal Safety Service.
In the document, Unique Branch police urged an intensification of safety about “target locations that Russian authorities are concerned about” including venues related with allies that have taken portion in attacks on Islamic State in Syria.
Russia started air strikes in Syria on Sept. 30 and has stepped up attacks in recent weeks. An Islamic State affiliate claimed duty for downing a Russian airliner more than Egypt in October, killing all 224 individuals on board.
Thailand’s Particular Branch, which bargains with national safety troubles, circulated the document to other police units, two senior police officers told Reuters.
Marked “Urgent” and dated Nov. 27, the Unique Branch police mentioned intelligence from Russia warned that the ten Syrians entered Thailand in between Oct. 15 and Oct. 31. The document was circulating on social media on Thursday.
“The document is actual. We received it from Special Branch,” stated one of the police officers, who handles international crime matters. He declined to be identified since of the sensitivity of the matter.
“I have to deal with this issue now,” he said. “The original communication was by word of mouth among Russian and Thai police. I don’t know how the document leaked.”
The Unique Branch, which sent the document to investigative divisions within the national police, mentioned four of the suspects traveled to the seaside city of Pattaya, two to the tourist island of Phuket, two to Bangkok and two to an unknown destination.
Police did not determine the Syrian suspects.
The Thai government and police have previously stated that no Thai Muslims have joined Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Thailand’s three southernmost provinces bordering Malaysia are residence to a large Muslim neighborhood, components of which have waged an insurgency against the Buddhist-dominated Thai state for over a decade.
(Editing by Simon Webb, Andrew R.C. Marshall)