From the Bangkok Post, Airports brace for attacks, a headline sure to piss off the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Department of Tourism, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Israel warns Thailand could be terror target
Israel and the United States have been warning Thailand since back in late 2011, again in January 2012 when Atris Hussein, suspected Hezbollah terrorist was captured and led police to 4,000+ kilograms of bomb making fertilizer and 10 gallons of ammonium nitrate, and now another warning after three bungling Iranians, one who blew off his own two legs and the other two captured, set off three bombs in Bangkok.
Security is being beefed up at the country’s six international airports which could become possible new targets for acts of sabotage following a terror warning by Israel, national police chief Priewpan Damapong says.
I am now eagerly waiting for the Minister of Tourism and Sports to come out and inform the world that this act of terror will have no impact on tourism.
Pol Gen Priewpan yesterday told the Transport Ministry to place the international airports, under the Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT), on high alert as Israel has warned terrorists may be targetting them.
This should have been done last month when terror suspect Atris Hussein was captured.
A government source said Israel had advised police directly to boost security at airports, based on intelligence reports it had received.
Good to see that the Thai Government is working with Israeli Intelligence Officials instead of bitching about the Israeli and American Embassies issuing travel advisories.
AoT chairman ACM Sumet Phomanee raised the security alert at the six airports from level 2, the normal level, to level 3.
However, it appears that the Airports of Thailand (AOT) isn’t listening. Going from normal up one notch would appear to be only an increase up to “caution” or “warning” – not “high alert”. I would think that, unless “3” is the highest level in the Thailand terror level system, a 4 or 5 would be warranted.
Pol Gen Priewpan denied reports terrorists were targetting the Israeli defence minister who was scheduled to change planes in Thailand on Wednesday but later cancelled the plan following the bombings on Tuesday.
Then who or what was/were the target(s)?
The warning also prompted the government to beef up security for other modes of public transport.
This I seriously doubt. Buses, trains, taxis, private rented cars will all continue on their merry way with no additional terror checks.
Ronnachit Yaemsa-ard, acting governor of the Mass Rapid Authority of Thailand, said he had instructed Bangkok Metro Co, the operator of the MRT, to step up security at subway stations.
Guess this means add two more sleeping guards.
Anat Arbhabhirama, an adviser to the executive committee of Bangkok Mass Transit System Plc, which runs the BTS skytrain, gave an assurance that security at the BTS is always high.
Thai-speak for “We are not going to do anything”.
State Railway of Thailand governor Yutthana Thapcharoen said security has been boosted at all railway stations, particularly in the lower South.
Where it should have been increased about 5 years ago due to the terrorism in Yala, Pattani, and Narathiwat.
Pol Col Monthon Ngernwattana, acting chief of the Royal Thai Police’s foreign affairs division, said the Attorney-General will seek the extradition to Thailand of Masoud Sedaghat Zadeh, an Iranian suspect who was arrested by Malaysian authorities in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday after fleeing Bangkok.
This has already been agreed upon by Malaysian Officials. The rest of the article just rehashes what has already been reported the past three days on the terror bombings by TERRORISTS.
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