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Thailand government says al-Qaida group eyes attack on US consulate CHIANG MAI

February 12, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung refused to give details about the threats, but said the reinforced measures had been put in place since Feb. 6 and will continue until the end of multinational military exercises, called Cobra Gold, on Sunday.

“They are focusing on staging an attack during the Cobra Gold exercise,” Chalerm said. “Some might have come to the country as tourists, but we have in-depth information and are definitely following them.”

Chalerm said that some of the groups’ members have fled Thailand after knowing that authorities had learned about their plots. “Some of them remained here, but I believe they can’t carry out any attacks.”

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