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Fleeing JI Men 'Active in Thailand and Cambodia'

Experts say crackdowns on extremists in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia may increase terrorist activity in other states. The threat of international terrorism is feared to be growing in Thailand and Cambodia as extremists flee security clampdowns in other South-east Asian countries, security experts say. The arrests in Cambodia this week of two Thai Muslims accused of belonging to the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) regional terror network is the clearest sign yet of an increase in activity, said political scientist Panitan Wattanayagorn. ‘It’s suspected that security measures that have been taken up in neighbouring countries may bring a rise in terrorist activities in other countries like Thailand and Cambodia,’ he said. JI operatives are believed to be fleeing security operations in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia where scores of suspected members of the Al-Qaeda-linked group have been arrested since last October’s Bali attack, he said. Full Story

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