Saturday, October 14, 2017

Commandos neutralise ‘terrorists’ at airport

Thiruvananthapuram: Six gun-toting ‘terrorists’ entered the premises of the Thiruvananthapuram Airport on Friday, creating a wave of panic among passengers and others who were present.
Soon enough, the airport security force sounded an alert, prompting the mobilisation of a large contingent of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in various directions in hot pursuit of the ‘infiltrators.’ Information regarding the security breach was also relayed to the Kerala Police from the control room at the airport. It took a sizeable group of personnel attached to the commando wing of the police force barely a few minutes to reach the airport and take positions after being briefed about the situation by a CISF officer.

Following an hour-long intense operation, the ‘terrorists’ were neutralised by the security personnel, who also managed to ensure the safe release of a passenger who was held hostage.

The operation that unfolded at the airport premises was a multi-agency mock drill that was conducted jointly by the CISF and the Kerala Police against suicide terrorist attacks.

According to Maheshwar Dayal, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the CISF (Airport Sector – South Zone), similar exercises have been initiated in all sensitive airports across the country. The drive is being undertaken in the wake of a suicide attack on a Border Security Force (BSF) camp, located near the Srinagar International airport, on October 3, in which a soldier was killed.

“The mock drills are being conducted to evaluate the response mechanism that is in place to deal with such attacks and to enhance inter-agency coordination with the local police,” he said.
14/10/17 The Hindu