Prime Minister orders tighter screenings of tourists after US terrorism warning

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BANGKOK – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed a security unit to screen tourist arrivals rigorously, following U.S. warnings of possible terrorism in Asia. 

The Prime Minister has told members of the security unit to exercise additional screening measures at airports, bus stations, and other venues frequented by tourists. Gen Prayut said it is important for Thailand to be prepared for any eventuality.

In addition, the government has reached out to other countries in the region for cooperation to establish a counter-terrorism security network. The Premier has encouraged the public to report any unusual activities or suspicious individuals to the authorities.

Gen Thaweep Netrniyom, Secretary-General of the National Security Council (NSC), said the U.S. warnings were meant to encourage Asia to be prepared, rather than alarmed.

According to the NSC Secretary-General, there has been no indication that members of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group have arrived in Thailand.