CTB issues severe warning against travel to Bangkok

By REUTERS
January 13, 2012 17:33

 
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The Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued Friday a "severe travel warning" to nationals, advising against travel to Bangkok "in the near future", and to "avoid congregating at known spots favored by Israelis, watch out for suspect items and not to accept packages from strangers in Bangkok".

Thai authorities arrested a Lebanese suspect after being warned by Israel of a possible attack in Bangkok, Thailand's deputy prime minister said on Friday, adding that police had stepped up security and he was confident the situation was under control.

"A Lebanese suspect from the Hezbollah group has been taken into custody by Thai officials and police are investigating further," Chalerm Yoobamrung told Reuters.

"Following 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."

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