Saturday, September 09, 2017

Terrorists planning chemical attacks on airports, railway stations, warn intel agencies

New Delhi: The Centre has issued an advisory to all state governments asking them to step up security arrangements at airports, railway stations, bus terminals, metro stations and other transportation hubs. The terror attacks might take place in the form of physical small arm assault or even a chemical attack.
A letter was shot off in this regard on September 1 from the Centre wherein a director-level officer said, that "the Central Security Agencies have intimated that terrorists are planning a range of attacks against commercial aviation targets."
The letter refers to a similar plot foiled in Australia which has revealed the terror plot in India. "The recent plot foiled in Australia underscores focus of such groups on devising innovative ways to attack aircraft and other transportation targets," the advisory reads.
The Centre's letter to states says, "Recent intelligence inputs are indicative of threats from explosives concealed inside a personal electronics or small appliance and other personal items. Such items could be taken on a plane or shipped by airmail."
It also says that "terrorists remain interested in small arm attacks and physical assaults on airports and other transportation hubs."
There is potential threat of chemical attacks on airports and other transport junctions. "Terrorist could also adopt chemical warfare capabilities to conduct chemical attacks outside of the conflict zone by creating toxic gases from materials available from a hardware store or easily produced materials," it said.
09/09/17 Kamaljit Kaur Sandhu/India Today