No word yet if any Malaysians were caught in blasts at Thai border town, says Hamzah


PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will seek more information on whether or not any of its citizens were affected in the series of bomb blasts at the Thailand border town of Tak Bai, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin.

“For now, we have not received news of Malaysians being involved in the incident.

"We need to get more information on this,” he said at the Immigration Department Hari Raya open house here on Thursday (May 26).

Asked if security at the Malaysia-Thailand border would be tightened after the incident, he said it was already at a high level even before the bomb blasts.

On a related note, Immigration director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud said counters at the border would remain open.

“Any decision to close the borders will have to be agreed upon by both countries,” he added.

ALSO READ: Bomb blasts and gunshots heard along Thai border

The town of Tak Bai, a border town on the Malaysia-Thailand border in the Narathiwat Province, experienced a series of bomb blasts on Wednesday (May 25). Gunfire was also heard in the area.

The blasts, which occurred at about 10pm, were even heard in Pengkalan Kubor in Tumpat, Kelantan, near Pekan Tak Bai.

Several videos recorded by the public there have gone viral on social media, showing raging fires in addition to several men firing guns, according to Sinar Harian.

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