Thai police hold 15 Pakistanis, probe possible terror link

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 21:38

Bangkok: Police in Thailand said today they
had arrested 15 Pakistani nationals involved in suspicious
fundraising activity and were investigating possible links to
a terrorist organisation.

A bank in the southern province of Yala alerted
authorities after one of the suspects tried to transfer money
to a person in Pakistan on a blacklist "related to a terrorist
group", said Police Colonel Piyawat Chalermsri.

The detainees, who have been charged with working
illegally, said they came to Thailand in September to raise
funds to help flood victims in Pakistan.

"We haven`t found any link or evidence related to
terrorism yet but as this area is very sensitive we will
investigate further," said Piyawat.

Authorities did not say to whom the suspects were trying
to send the funds.

They were being held at a police station in Yala in
Thailand`s Muslim-majority deep South, where a raging
insurgency has left more than 4,300 people dead in the past
six years.

PTI




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