US Embassy Warns Of Terror Threat In Bangkok

Published January 13, 2012 10:27AM (EST)

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Thailand warned Friday there is a "real and very credible" threat of a terrorist attack against American citizens in Bangkok.

Ambassador Kristie Kenney was elaborating on an "emergency message" sent by the embassy to American citizens earlier Friday warning of a possible terrorist attack.

The message said that "foreign terrorists may be currently looking to conduct attacks against tourist areas in Bangkok in the near future." It urged Americans to "keep a low profile" in public and to exercise caution in areas where Western tourists gather.

The statement gave no other details.

But Kenney told The Associated Press the threat was "real and very credible." She didn't give any other information.

It was the first U.S. warning of a foreign terror attack in Bangkok in recent memory.

Embassy spokesman Walter Braunohler declined to release more details saying, "At this time we don't have any further information to share."

By Salon Staff

MORE FROM Salon Staff

Related Topics ------------------------------------------