Two terrorist suspects arrested

Two terrorist suspects arrested

Arrested men believed planning attacks on Israeli tourists

Two foreign terrorist suspects were arrested by Thai police on Monday, PM's adviser on security matters Paradorn Pattanatabut confirmed on Thursday.

The two men were suspected of coming to Thailand to carry out attacks on Israeli tourists during the Jewish Passover, which coincided with the Songkran festival. Thailand is a popular destination for Israeli travellers.

"We have arrested two out of three suspects," Lt Gen Paradorn said. The two were identified as Lebanese-French national Daoud Farhat and Lebanese-Philippine national Youssef Ayad.

The NSC chief did not say whether the two men were linked to the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah or whether they will be deported.

Farhat and Ayad are listed on the website Stop910, which collects information on suspected terrorist cells operating in Asia, and carries notices of financial rewards for information. 

Police were questioning the two suspected terrorists.

According to the Immigration police, the third suspect, Bilal Bahsoun, may not have entered Thailand.

From left: Daoud Farhat, Youssef Ayad and Bilal Bahsoun (Photo from Stop910)

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