Government officials dismiss former PM’s claim

(From the Bangkok Post)

Security authorities quickly dismissed a claim Thursday by former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh that an Islamic State (IS) cell was active in the far South of Thailand.


Gen Chavalit said he was wondering if the government was aware that a group calling itself “Black Swan” which, according to him, is an IS affiliate, was establishing a presence in the deep South.

He was responding to a request to comment on security matters during a meeting Thursday with reporters.

Gen Chavalit also urged the government to launch a probe into the Black Swan group and improve the efficiency of its intelligence agency, saying conflicts in the deep South have changed. Read more

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