Last week it was announced in the Mongolian press that three Pakistani terror suspects had been arrested at Chinggis Khaan International in Ulaan Baatar by the police and intelligence agency of Mongolia as they were trying to enter the country (news.mn/english). This is unusual for Mongolia; it is the only country I’m aware of in mainland Asia besides Bhutan that has so far avoided any taint of terrorism. There has, of course, been a serious upswing in racism/xenophobia in the country resulting in mob violence and racist rap videos (which would seem more of a deterrent to foreign terror organizations), but no domestic group has yet been accused of terrorism. Outside groups seem to have similarly avoided the country; it’s not really on the way to anywhere, has no organic support network terror groups can rely upon, and despite a shaky banking sector and some money laundering problems, is not terribly attractive to foreign terror organizations. So one wonders what the three Pakistani terror suspects would be doing there.
The suspects, Ramzan Hafiz Mohammed, Mohammed Ramzan Bakhsh, and Khizar Hayat, don’t seem to have any terrorism charges pending according to Interpol, but in the news reports terrorism charges were alleged. Since May 1, I haven’t seen anything more about this story. Do any readers know more about this story?