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.”
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.”