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Australian Mission was Target: Thais

Thailand says a local suspected terrorist cell linked to the Bali bombers was planning to bomb the Australian embassy during a scheduled visit to Bangkok by John Howard in October. The Thai Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, said the group planned to attack five foreign embassies, including the Australian mission, during the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation summit, which will be attended by about 20 international leaders, including the Australian Prime Minister and President George Bush. Three Thai Muslim men arrested in southern Thailand last week over the plot – and a fourth associate extradited to Singapore last month – are accused of being members of a Thai cell of Jemaah Islamiah, a militant Islamic group linked to al-Qaeda and accused of organising the Bali bombings in October. Mr Thaksin said at the weekend that the extradited Singaporean, Arifin bin Ali, had revealed that the local JI plot – hatched soon after the Bali attacks – was being timed to coincide with the APEC summit. Full Story

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