In this November 20, 2017, photo, the holes of a detention center's wall are seen in Songkhla province southern of Thailand.
Twenty-five Uighurs dug through their cell wall with broken tiles to make their dramatic escape from the centre in Songkhla province, near the border with Malaysia, early on Monday.
The escapees were part of the last remaining group of more than 200 Uighurs detained in Thailand in 2014.
A group of 20 Uighur Muslims are on the run after a jailbreak at a detention center near the border between Thailand and Malaysia, officials said.
"Twenty are still on the run but. they don't have food and can not communicate with villagers", Immigration Police spokesman Cherngron Rimpadee told AFP. Security in Malaysia was also tightened as the detention center was close to the border.
Natthapakin said Monday afternoon that police were coordinating with Malaysian authorities since the escapees were thought to be heading that way.
Five were caught but the rest fled, officials said. "But there are still problems about proving their nationality".
Wisut said he Uigher men had tried to escape to join their wives and children.
"China has asked Thailand's relevant departments to bring back these fugitives as soon as possible", spokesman Lu Kang said at a press briefing on Tuesday. "It is an global relations concern that I don't know about", he said.
Hundreds of people have died in recent years in China's troubled far western region of Xinjiang due to violence between majority Han Chinese and Uighurs, who speak a Turkic language. The group has complained of harsh cultural and religious suppression as well as economic marginalization under Chinese rule.
Thailand came under global condemnation in 2o15 when it deported 109 Uighurs to China under pressure from Beijing.
He said there were 100 to 200 Uighurs now under detention in Thailand.
Uighurs often claim Turkish citizenship to avoid returning to China. She was later allowed to leave on medical grounds and lives in the United States.