Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Says Government Fears Foreign Terrorist Groups in Country

The deputy premier, who is in charge of security affairs, said the government now fears there “probably” are elements of foreign terrorist groups in the country.

BANGKOK – Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon expressed concern Monday about the risk of Islamic State (IS) fighters and members of other terrorist organisations sneaking into Thailand.

Gen Prawit made the remark during an interview about the current crackdown on transnational criminals who may be among the approximately 100,000 foreigners believed to have overstayed their visas.

Defence Ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantravanich provided this figure on Sunday.

The deputy premier, who is in charge of security affairs, said the government now fears there “probably” are elements of foreign terrorist groups in the country.

He also denied speculation that foreigners whose visas have expired can remain in Thailand by bribing security officials.

He even urged prospective…

Original published: 2017-11-14 05:52:20 Read the full Bangkok News here


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