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Syrian trio in Thailand not connected to the Islamic state

Yesterday three Syrians travelling in Thailand questioned by the police were found to have no connection to the Islamic state. The police interview took place in the presence of Russian Ambassador Kirill Barskey amid fears that IS jihadists have entered Thailand with the intention of attacking Russians.

The three who were questioned have been named as Nawfal Hassoun, 34, Abdul Aziz Arouk, 44 and Mouayad Hayai, 29. Hassoun and Hayai reported to the police after their names were published in the media. Hassoun has a Thai wife, together they had run a restaurant in Udon Thani, they have no closed the establishment and hope to open a new eatery in Bangkok. Hassoun said that his wife had persuaded him to speak to the police.

The questioning came about after a Russian intelligence agency suggested that up to ten Syrians may have entered Thailand in October to attack Russians or the country’s interests in retaliation for Russian air strikes on IS strongholds in Syria.

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