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Thailand Gets Russian Warning Of IS Threat

Police in Thailand have confirmed they are searching for Syrian terrorist suspects following a tip from Moscow.

A Thai police memo was leaked earlier asking officers to follow up on information from Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) that 10 Syrians who may be linked to the Islamic State (IS) group could stage attacks in Thailand on targets associated with Russia and other foes of the militants.

Police on December 4 confirmed the memo was genuine and said that authorities were conducting searches to track down the 10 suspects.

The Thai capital was the target of a terrorist bombing in August that killed 20 people, but it was apparently unrelated to IS.

There have been few signs of IS activity in Thailand, though it actively recruits volunteers from its Southeast Asian neighbors Malaysia and Indonesia.

Russia began air strikes in Syria on September 30 and has stepped up attacks in recent weeks. An IS affiliate claimed responsibility for downing a Russian airliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in October, killing all 224 people on board.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa