Thailand beefs up security after warning of attack

January 15, 2012 01:06


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BANGKOK - Thai authorities have beefed up security in parts of the capital and other areas popular with tourists after the United States and Israel warned of a possible terrorist attack.

The army was helping the police in providing security, Thai army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters on Saturday.

"People must be on alert and report anything suspicious," he said.

National Security Council secretary-general General Vichien Potphosri said special measures had been put in place in risk areas including Khao San Road, an area popular with backpackers, and parts of the main Sukhumvit road.

"There's still nothing too worrying ... But we need to be on our guard," he was quoted as saying on Thairath newspaper's website.

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