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Terror threat spurs security alert

US consulate in Chiang Mai under close watch

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The government has ordered that security be beefed up for the US consulate in Chiang Mai following intelligence reports of a potential terrorist attack. 

Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung says he has received information that al-Qaeda and Salafist terrorists had planned to launch a three-pronged attack on the US consulate in an operation codenamed "Billiard Ball" in the first half of February.

The terrorists, based in Algeria, would be equipped with small arms, grenade launchers and C-4 explosives provided by drug traders who are unhappy with the Chiang Mai consulate's role in drug suppression in the region, he said.

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