'Bangkok bolsters security amid Israeli terror warning'

Six international airports, subway services on high alert after Israeli intelligence warns country may be target for new attacks, Thai paper reports; follows alleged Iranian plot to target Israeli diplomats.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 17, 2012 09:49
Thai policeman at the scene of Bangkok bombing

Thai policeman at the scene of Bangkok bombing 390 (R). (photo credit: Damir Sagolij/Reuters)

 
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Thailand bolstered security at its six international airports after Israeli intelligence warned that the country may be the target for new terror attacks, The Bangkok Post reported on Friday.

According to the report, Thai Police Chief Priewpan Damapong instructed the Transport Ministry on Thursday to put all international airports on high alert and to beef up security at subway stations as well.

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On Thursday, two Iranians were charged in a Thai court over an alleged plot earlier this week to target Israeli diplomats. They were caught trying to flee Bangkok on Tuesday after one of the bombs they were assembling accidentally exploded.

Thai security authorities announced on Thursday that they had discovered a “direct connection” linking this week’s attacks against Israeli diplomats in Georgia and India with the Iranian terrorist cell apprehended in Bangkok.

The cell, which consisted of three Iranian nationals, intended to target Israeli diplomats, the Thai police chief said.

Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.

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