The investigation into two alleged Hezbollah terrorists arrested in Thailand recently was progressing swiftly, the Bangkok Post reported Thursday, as one of the suspects reportedly admitted to a planned attack on Israeli tourists in Bangkok’s popular Khao San Road tourist hub. There are several Israeli travel agencies and other establishments in the area, along with a Chabad house.
The men have been identified as French-Lebanese national Daoud Farhat and Lebanese-Filipino national Youssef Ayad. Both suspects reportedly arrived several days before the beginning of Thailand’s Songkran festival on April 13.
Thailand’s deputy national police chief, Winai Thongsong, said the men were arrested at different locations in Bangkok after Thai police received intelligence from Israel about a planned attack on Israeli tourists during Passover.
A Thai source said investigators believe at least nine suspected foreign terrorists connected to Hezbollah are somewhere in Thailand. Authorities are attempting to track them down, the source said.