Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Airports on high alert in wake of terror attack intel

 New Delhi:  Be prepared for intensive frisking and baggage security checks at airports this festive season and New Year. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has sent an alert to all airports operators and airlines to maintain highest level of vigil in wake of feared terror attacks.
"New Year celebration functions are being held throughout the country. This is a vulnerable period. Number of instances have occurred in the past also when this period has been chosen by terrorists/antinational elements to perpetrate act of terrorism," says the alert sent by BCAS to aviation stakeholders and state police chiefs.
"During the year, Pak-based terrorist outfits have already shown their intentions to carry out attacks in the country. During 2017, IS inspired individuals have carried out gruesome attacks in other countries, targeting innocent civilians as well as police personnel. Perpetrators have initiated attacks by suicide bombing, using improvised explosive device-laden vehicle, stabbing, ramming vehicle into crowd and indiscriminate firing in crowded areas," the note issued with approval of BCAS chief Rajesh Kumar Chandra says.
With this alert, the BCAS has asked all agencies to "maintain maximum vigil in the run-up to/during the New Year celebration
26/12/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India