Rohingya, Myanmar migrants rescued in Narathiwat

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NARATHIWAT, Feb 6 — Six Rohingya and Myanmar migrants were rescued in the southern border province of Narathiwat in a joint military and police operation.

Fifty personnel from the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC)’s Region 4, military and the Thai Police Immigration Bureau raided six targets in Narathiwat’s Su-ngai Kolok municipality after being informed that major transnational human trafficking agents used these locations to cover themselves.

The ringleader has reportedly foresaw what was happening and escaped from the authorities before the raid.

One suspect was arrested, identified only as Mr Nurusalam, 55. He owns the house which is also a roti shop on Chuen Makka Road where six Rohingya and Myanmar illegal migrant workers were found. The six had worked at the roti shop.

Behind the shop was a row of rooms where clothes were still hanging but the authorities found no one inside.

The suspects were taken for investigation as Mr Narusalam was seen to be involved in a  transnational human trafficking operation.

Police said further investigation will lead to more clues about the whereabouts of hundreds of Rohingya migrants awaiting transfer to Malaysia.