UPDATE: US Embassy Warns of “Possible” Terrorist Attack in Bangkok in Near Future

January 13, 2012

On Friday afternoon, the US Embassy in Bangkok sent out a flash alert to it’s citizens warning them of a possible terrorist attack in Bangkok in the near future. 

“This message alerts U.S. citizens in Thailand that foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future. U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution when visiting public areas where large groups of Western tourists gather in Bangkok.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a heightened awareness when out in public; be alert for unattended packages/bags in public/crowded places and report any suspicious behavior to the nearest law enforcement personnel. We also encourage you to keep a low profile in public areas, particularly areas frequented by foreign tourists.”

สถานทูตสหรัฐฯออกคำเตือนคนอเมริกันในไทยให้ระวัง มีข่าวว่าอาจมีกลุ่มก่อการร้ายต่างชาติก่อเหตุในกรุงเทพฯ

UPDATE 01: The following is from a US Embassy spokesman: “Earlier this afternoon, the American Embassy in Bangkok released an emergency message to all US citizens here in Thailand about a possible terrorist threat. We have specific and credible information that foreign terrorists may be looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future. At this point we are urging US citizens to exercise caution when visiting public areas where large groups of Western tourists gather here in Bangkok. Our emergency message is warning US citizens that foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct these attacks in the near future.”

UPDATE 02: From the Thai Defense Minister: “The US contacted us last night about two terrorists who entered Thailand and plan terrorist activities. Our intelligence officials are working closely with the US and following the terrorists’ movements closely. I believe we will arrest them tonight.  For Thai citizens, there is no need to announce any warning because it will cause panic and will affect our tourism.” (ABC News)

UPDATE 03: From The Nation: Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung said Friday that two suspected Lebanese men were arrested for planning terrorist attack in Bangkok.

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FOOTNOTE: Shortly after it was sent, this notice was quickly recalled.  A little while later, the recall was then recalled with this message: “Due to a technical error, some recipients received this message – followed by a recall message – a few minutes later.  Please disregard the recall message.”

4 Responses to UPDATE: US Embassy Warns of “Possible” Terrorist Attack in Bangkok in Near Future

  1. Michael Chick on January 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Warning is legit. It’s on the US Embassy Facebook Page as well:
    https://www.facebook.com/usembassybkk

    I just came from Suvhanaphum Airport. Nothing amiss there.
    Business as usual… I was sending my friend off to Chiang Mai.
    No K9 Sniffers or anything.
    (Nor was there any slapping either) 5555555

  2. Michael Chick on January 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Now it just came in on BBC’s Twitter as well
    “… US embassy in Thailand warns citizens foreign terrorists may be planning attacks on tourists in Bangkok. More soon http://bbc.in/xF93aY …”

  3. Michael Chick on January 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm
  4. Dennis Caruso on January 13, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    FOR AMERICANS ONLY
    written 1980 lyrics and music by Dennis Caruso
    copy write 1980 at The Library of Congress, Washington DC.

    I ain’t got a car, I got no color TV , I got no fine cloths as you can see
    but I work hard every day ’cause my country owes nothing to me
    Slick politicians and corporate CEO’s are rippin’ off the cream of the crop
    doctors, lawyers are doin’ the same there greed is like cancer that wont stop

    I get tired of all these foreign diplomats,dictating what my country should do
    I’d wish they’d go home and leave us alone,but it seems they got there hands too
    I’m get scared of all the crime in the streets, the scum that brings the drugs to our schools
    If we don’t help and back each other up we’ll all become the doped up fools

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