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Thailand warns of possible threat to US consulate

Thailand yesterday said that it had tightened security around the US consulate in the northern city of Chiang Mai in response to warnings of a possible terrorist threat.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she had "instructed security officials to step up security protection" at the diplomatic facility.

A Thai senior intelligence official who did not want to be named said the government had received information late last week about a possible threat.

"We have learned that al-Qaeda linked Salafists (ultra-orthodox Islamists) may be planning an attack on the US consulate in Chiang Mai," he told AFP.

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