Thai forensic team to identify 15 Pakistanis, probe possible terrorist link

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Thailand's Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) on Thursday morning examined individual identification of 15 Pakistanis held by the police on suspicion of being involved with a foreign terrorist organization.

All 15 Pakistanis have been detained at the Muang-Yala Police station in the restive south of Thailand since Tuesday after a combined force of 30 soldiers and police raided the hotel they stayed in.

Four out of fifteen were found to have the same names with the persons on the United Nations' watch list for financial transaction.

"Although there are four Pakistanis whose names appear on the U. N. watch list, their passport numbers are different. So, for the next step, it is responsibility of the police, not our institute, to conduct passport inspection," director of CIFS Pornthip Rojanasunand said.

She said that the CIFS is an impartial institute adhesive to transparency and would ensure fair treatment to those Pakistanis. The director expected the conclusion of individual verification could be delivered to the Internal Security Operations Command ( ISOC) and the concerned police within twenty-four hours.

The police inspected and detained the Pakistani suspects after receiving a tip-off from a local banker that they had transferred money to a person allegedly involved with a terrorist organization. According to the police, the suspects claimed they went to southern Yala province to raise money for charity purpose.

Yala is one of Muslim-majority southern provinces where a raging insurgency has left more than 4,300 people dead in the past six years.

Source: Xinhua


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