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City police on terror alert

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They look like they are part of the Chinese New Year celebrations but the women in traditional Chinese attire checking visitors bags in the Yaowarat area are part of a serious police operation. 

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Policewomen in traditional Chinese attire search the bag of a visitor to the Yaowarat area where Chinese New Year celebrations are being held. PATIPAT JANTHONG


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City police on terror alert

They look like they are part of the Chinese New Year celebrations but the women in traditional Chinese attire checking visitors’ bags in the Yaowarat area are part of a very serious operation.

Thai police are on 24-hour security watch at tourist locations and places of foreign interest in Bangkok as officers investigate supposed links between an arrested Lebanese man and terrorist plots.

Security has been heightened at various locations including Khao San Road, commercial areas of Sukhumvit Road, the Israeli embassy and the American School of Bangkok in Soi Sukhumvit 49/3.

Pol Maj Gen Supisarn Pakdinarunart, chief of the Crime Suppression Division, said officers were patrolling the areas around the clock.

The security beef-up follows the arrest of Swedish-Lebanese terror suspect Hussein Atris at Suvarnabhumi Airport on Jan 12.

Security guards at the premises under watch have been told to report any suspicious character or activities.

The guards are also distributing pictures of some key suspects thought to pose a security threat. Footage from surveillance cameras in the areas is also being reviewed regularly.

Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post.

celebration – a party or special event at which you celebrate something such as a birthday, a festival or a religious holiday การฉลอง
traditional – things (buildings, clothes, music, customs, etc.) that have been part of a country or society for a long time แบบดั้งเดิม, เป็นประเพณี
attire – clothes เครื่องแต่งกาย
search – to look somewhere carefully in order to find something ค้นหา
on alert – ready to deal with a dangerous situation เตรียมพร้อมอย่างเต็มที่
terror – violence used for making people very frightened in order to achieve political aims การก่อการร้าย  การสร้างความหวาดกลัว
operation – a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers การปฏิบัติการ
security – protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
interest – a connection, especially a business connection, ownership, etc. ส่วนได้เสีย
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
supposed – believed to be; thought to be  เป็นที่เชื่อว่า
link – a connection ความเชื่อมโยงกัน
arrested – caught by the police and taken to a police station because you are believed to have committed a crime ถูกจับกุม
terrorist – of someone who uses violence in order to  achieve political aims ผู้ก่อการร้าย
plot – a secret plan to do something bad  แผนการลับ
commercial – for business purposes เกี่ยวกับการค้า
embassy – a building where a group of officials work who represent their government in a foreign country สถานทูต
suppression – stopping an activity from happening, in this case, criminal activity  การปราบปราม
patrol – to move regularly around a place in order to prevent trouble or crime or to watch for an enemy ลาดตระเวน
around the clock – throughout the whole day and night; 24 hours ทั้งวันทั้งคืน
premises – the buildings and land that a business or organisation uses ที่ดินและสิ่งปลูกสร้าง
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
suspicious – making you believe that something is wrong, dangerous or illegal น่าสงสัย
character – a person, particularly an unpleasant or strange one  คนที่มีนิสัยไม่เหมือนใคร, คนแปลก
distribute – to give out information to many different places  แจกจ่าย
key – very important ที่สำคัญ
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
pose a threat – to be a possible danger กระทำการซึ่งอาจก่อให้เกิดอันตรายต่อ
(surveillance) footage – video from a camera that is put in a place to constantly record what happens there ภาพหรือหนังในเทปวิดีโอจากกล้องวงจรปิดเพื่อรักษาการความปลอดภัย
review – to carefully examine or consider something ตรวจสอบ

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