Report: Thailand thwarts Hezbollah plot to attack Israeli tourists

'Bangkok Post' reports that police arrested two figures, one of whom admitted to being a Hezbollah agent.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 18, 2014 02:47
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Thailand police confiscate explosives.

Thailand Bangkok police 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Thai authorities thwarted a plan by Hezbollah agents to attack Israeli tourists during this Passover season, a Thailand-based newspaper is reporting on Thursday.

According to the Bangkok Post, investigators in Thailand managed to extract a confession from one of two suspected terrorists held in custody for allegedly planning to strike at Israelis in the country.

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Two of the men – Daoud Farhat, a French-Lebanese national, and Youssef Ayad, who is of Lebanese-Filipino extraction – were arrested for alleged ties to Hezbollah, the Bangkok Post reported.

According to the report, Thai law enforcement agencies arrested the two men while acting on intelligence passed to them by Israel.

A source told the Bangkok Post that Ayad has provided authorities with valuable information, including details of a plot to carry out a bomb attack against Israelis on Khao San Road, which is considered a popular tourist destination.

Thai police said that authorities plan to deport the suspected terrorists to the country from whence they entered Thailand, though they did not specify to which countries they will be returned. The Bangkok Post also reported that authorities are searching for a third possible co-conspirator who may have fled Thailand.

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