India’s airports tighten security after terror attack threat

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August 14, 2012

The Central Intelligence Bureau warned that a terror attack was likely to occur at an airport in India, prompting an increase of security. The Intelligence Bureau also provided the names of the suspects, which include two pilots and two couples.

August 14, 2012

The Central Intelligence Bureau warned that a terror attack was likely to occur at an airport in India, prompting an increase of security. The Intelligence Bureau also provided the names of the suspects, which include two pilots and two couples.

Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel patrol the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad.

Security has been tightened at the international airport in Ahmedabad and other airports in Gujarat following Central Intelligence Bureau (IB) inputs that Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists could attempt to hijack a plane.

The security alert was sounded at the airports after an IB report which advised higher security measures in view of fears of terrorist attacks at four airports in the country, including Ahmedabad. The airport authorities also received an alert from the Bureau of Civil Aviation.

The IB late on Friday also gave state police agencies the names of seven suspects, including two pilots and two couples from Ahmedabad, adding that Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Ludhiana and Srinagar could be targeted to execute the hijacking plan. The terrorists are believed to have already surveyed the check-in, boarding and security systems.

The suspects include Murtaza Amin and his wife Rukhsana; Hamid-ul Ansari and his wife Surya Begum; two pilots and Yamin Al Meer, a former SIMI member, considered to be the mastermind.

Director-General of Police Chittaranjan Sangh told reporters on Sunday that the couples were to board a plane posing as passengers and help in the hijacking.

On August 5, the IB had claimed that three LeT men had entered the country but said three days later that they had "left the country after a recce".

Hundreds of police and other paramilitary jawans have been asked to remain on their toes till the Independence Day on August 15.


Courtesy: Khaleej Times