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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. 

Diplomats and senior officials of nations involved in the 32nd annual Cobra Gold war games kicked off the exercise at a ceremony in Chiang Mai last week. (Photo provided by US Embassy)

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.

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