Thailand: Hezbollah man arrested in terror scare
LAST UPDATED: 01/13/2012 14:43
Thai police coordinating with Israeli officials amid concern Hezbollah seeking retribution for Mughniyeh assassination.
Suspect arrested [illustrative] Photo: REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
have arrested a Lebanese suspect after the US embassy warned of a
possible attack in Bangkok, Thailand's deputy prime minister said on Friday. He said that police had stepped up security and he was confident the
situation would be contained.The
arrest was made after the second Israeli warning, the source said,
adding that Thai security officials were working closely with the United
States and Israel.
"A Lebanese suspect from the Hezbollah group has been taken into
custody by Thai officials and police are investigating further," Chalerm
Yumbumrung told Reuters.
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concern raised by the Israeli embassy about a possible attack by a
group of Lebanese terrorists in Bangkok, Thai police officials had been
coordinating with Israeli officials since before the New Year."
Thai Defense Ministry source said Israeli intelligence had contacted Thai
officials on Dec. 22 with information that two or three suspects could
be planning an attack in Thailand. However, the individuals traveled to
the south and left the country.
Israeli intelligence sources alerted Thai
officials again on Jan. 8 of the danger of an attack around Jan. 13 to
15 in areas where there are often large concentrations of Western
tourists, such as the Khao San Road, which is popular with young
Thai Defense Minister Yuthasak said the Israeli embassy and synagogues could
also be targeted and that the attacks could come in the form of car
the US embassy had warned of a possible attack by "foreign terrorists"
and told its citizens to be careful in areas of the capital frequented
"We're warning all US citizens to take caution when
visiting public areas where Western tourists are known to gather in
Bangkok," said Walter Braunohler, spokesman at the embassy, but declined
to give further details.
Israel is concerned
Hezbollah will try to attack Israelis overseas in the coming weeks and ahead of
the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah military commander Imad
Mughniyeh, attributed to the Mossad.
Hezbollah is believed to be actively
seeking revenge for the assassination, and over the years there have been
reports of a number of plots that were thwarted including an attempt to bomb the
Israeli embassy in Azerbaijan.
Israel recently asked Bulgaria, for
example, to increase its security over Israeli tour groups in the capital city
of Sofia. According to Sofia News Agency, a Hezbollah plot was recently
uncovered by local security agencies, which warned Israel.Yaakov Katz contributed to this report
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