US Embassy in Bangkok issues cryptic terrorism warning


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This message alerts U.S. citizens in Thailand that foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future. U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution when visiting public areas where large groups of Western tourists gather in Bangkok.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a heightened awareness when out in public; be alert for unattended packages/bags in public/crowded places and report any suspicious behavior to the nearest law enforcement personnel. We also encourage you to keep a low profile in public areas, particularly areas frequented by foreign tourists.

This came somewhat out of the blue. Source.

Update: Though vague, the threat is real. US Ambassador Kristie Kenney Tweeted:

Message is for real. Please read it carefully and consider the information as you plan your activities.

And then in reply to someone:

Read our message to US citizens, heed the advice.

Update 2:

The Thai government said it had been informed by the US that a pair of suspected Muslim "terrorists" had entered the kingdom.

"The US contacted us last night about two terrorists who entered Thailand and plan terrorist activities," Thai defence minister General Yutthasak Sasiprapha said.

"Our intelligence officials are working closely with the US and following the terrorists' movements closely.

"I believe we will arrest them tonight.

"For Thai citizens, there is no need to announce any warning because it will cause panic and will affect our tourism." (ABC)

Update 3:

INN: Deputy PM Chalerm and police chief confirm arrest of 2 Lebanese terrorist suspects (TAN).

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