Saturday, January 14, 2012

A 'suspect' identified in terror warning

Thai police have released a picture of the "suspect" in the warnings issued by the US Embassy on "possible terrorist threat in Bangkok." He is identified in a Swedish passport as Atris Hussein, a Lebanese. He was detained at Suvarnnabhumi Airport on Jan 12.

Deputy Premier Chalerm Yoobumrung had said earlier yesterday that "two Lebanese" had been arrested in this connection. He then changed his remarks to say only one was "asked to come to testify." Later, a police spokesman said one foreigner had been "detained" and wasn't sure what charges to press against the suspect.

Defence Minister Gen Yuthasak Sasiprapa told reporters that he had received intelligence "one or two days" earlier about a possible plot of terrorism against Israeli facilities in Bangkok "because they were said to have killed a number of Iranians."

Chalerm said intelligence to that effect had in fact been received by Thai authorities even before the New Year.

It's not clear how Thai authorities will proceed with the case. US Embassy officials say the warning to American citizens in Bangko still "holds" and that it's "Thailand-specific."

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