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Thailand Says It Foils Embassy, Resort Bomb Plot

Police in Thailand have broken up a cell of Jemaah Islamiah militants who were planning to bomb embassies and beach resorts in the country, officials in Thailand and Singapore said Tuesday. Four members of the cell have been arrested — a 42-year-old Singaporean and three Thai Muslims — based on information supplied from Singapore, they said. Some more suspects are being hunted. Regional officials say Jemaah is an Islamic militant group with tentacles across Southeast Asia and believed responsible for the Bali bomb attack last October and violence in the Philippines. The three Thai Muslims were arrested in the south of the country Tuesday while the Singaporean was taken into custody in Bangkok on May 16 and sent to Singapore the next day. The man, Arifin bin Ali, is believed to be the leader of a group of Jemaah Islamiah operatives who had also planned to hijack a plane and crash it into Singapore’s Changi airport, the Singapore government said in a statement. Full Story

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