Terror plot thwarted in Thailand
Western tourists in Bangkok warned of possible terror attacks
Jan 14, 2012
British tourists were warned today to beware of possible attacks targeting westerners in Thailand after police thwarted a terror plot in Bangkok.
The US Embassy revealed a ‘real and credible’ threat against Americans and western holidaymakers in the Thai capital.
The alert – the first of its kind in Bangkok in recent memory – followed the arrest of a Lebanese man with suspected links to Iran-backed Hezbollah militants.
He was seized following a tip-off that helped foil a planned attack on New Year’s Eve. A second plotter was still at large last night.
US officials urged Americans to ‘keep a low profile’ in public and to exercise caution in areas where western tourists gather.
‘Foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future,’ they added.
The warning in Bangkok comes at a time of heightened tension between the West and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Thousands of mourners chanted anti-US and Israeli slogans at the funeral in Tehran yesterday of slain nuclear expert Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.