IS suspects may be in Thailand

KUALA LUMPUR: Four suspected Islamic State (IS) militants wanted by Bukit Aman are believed to be hiding in southern Thailand after members of their terror cell were caught.

Mumaham Faizal Muhamad Hanafi, 29, Muhamad Hanafi Yah, 51, Nor Farkhan Mohd Isa, 31, and Awae Wae-eya, 37, sought refuge across the border when their terror cell caught police attention.

Between Feb 27 and March 1, six members of the terror cell were detained in Johor by the Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division.

“The authorities believe the four have gone to southern Thailand to evade the police.

“They are considered highly dangerous and are armed with weapons,” a source told The Star yesterday.

It is learnt that the militants are buying time before resuming their mission of targeting non-Muslim houses of worship and kidnapping police personnel.

“Their initial plan was thwarted with the arrest of their comrades.

“However, the authorities believe they are not giving up their mission,” the source added.

Another source said it was possible that the militants were assisted by a terror cell in southern Thailand and were given arms.

On Monday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said police were hunting for four men.

“We are tracking them down as they are believed to be capable of threatening the safety of the country,” he said.

He said the four sought by police were Mumaham Faizal and Muhamad Hanafi from Kampung Ketil, Pengkalan Kubor, Kelantan, Nor Farkhan from No. 18, Jalan Nakhoda 21, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Skudai, and Awae Wae-eya from Cho-Airong, Narathiwat, Thailand.

“Any individual found hiding any information or in complicity with the suspects or hiding the suspects could face action under Section 130M, 130K, and 130L of the Penal Code.

“They could be jailed between seven and 30 years,” he said.

Anyone with information on the individuals should contact Insp Mohd Badri Othman of the Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division at 017-672 7120 or go to the nearest police station.

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