Thailand tops FBI Asian terror target list

Thailand tops FBI Asian terror target list

Thailand's likelihood of being hit by a terrorist attack is first in Asia and fifth in the world, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned.

Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief Tarit Pengdith made the disclosure yesterday after meeting the legal attache at the US embassy in Bangkok, Daniel P Powers.

The FBI has warned Thailand that it ranks top of the region as a possible terrorist target, he said. Citing research in the US and Britain, Mr Tarit said Thailand also ranks fifth in the world as a possible target for terror attacks.

Mr Tarit said the FBI told Thailand to take precautions as the country's relative freedom compared to others in the region has made it a regional centre of terrorist movements.

Mr Tarit said the DSI needs to set up a new command centre to deal with violent crimes and with international terrorism threats in particular.

He said the FBI has also asked Thai authorities to help arrest Jason Derek Brown, an American fugitive wanted by the FBI for allegedly murdering a security guard in an armed robbery of a cash-transport vehicle in Arizona in 2004.

Mr Brown, who is on the FBI's top 10 most wanted list, carries a 5.8-million-baht bounty for information leading to his arrest.

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