Kuala Lumpur: Security in Malaysia has been beefed up after reports that two Turks of Uighur descent, suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in Thailand, are trying to enter the country. Malaysian police are on high alert after the reports, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said here. Security has been beefed up at entry points in the country that shares a land border with Thailand. “We have alerted our officers at entry points and are closely monitoring them,” Khalid said.
Media reports on Sunday quoted Governor of the Thai province of Surat Thani, Wongsiri Promchana, as saying that he was informed of the two men’s recent departure for neighbouring Malaysia by Phuket Immigration Office.
However, Wongsiri did not mention the exact date the two Uighurs left Thailand and whether they used the land or air route to reach Malaysia. A few months back, a military court in Thailand charged two ethnic Uighur Chinese men with carrying out a bombing at the hugely popular Erawan Brahma temple here in August last year that left 20 people dead and more than 120 injured. The two suspects, however, had denied the charges. The blast at the temple was one of the deadliest acts of violence in Bangkok in decades