Suicide bomber threat to Air India flights, four major airports on alert

Security was ramped up on Friday at four major airports including Mumbai and Kolkata following an email warning that suicide bombers would try to target an Air India flight. Reports said the new security measures included increased checks on passengers, tightening of access control and putting anti-hijacking units on alert. The two other airports mentioned in the email are Ahmedabad and Kochi.

The email reached the Kolkata office of the Airports Authority of India on Thursday night, following which the security at these air ports were increased.

The Ahmedabad Mirror reported quoting a letter from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security that the email warned that the suicide bombers would try to board the Air India flight from Ahmedabad to Mumbai on Friday midnight and the Mumbai-Kochi flight on Saturday morning.

Airport director AKC Nair told PTI that they received the information from Kolkata. “There was a threat of bomb attack or bomb suicide attack,” he said.

Soon after an alarm was raised, security was tightened in and around Kochi airport. “After intense search and combing operation we couldn’t find anything unusual,” a senior airport official said.

A high-level meeting was convened this morning by CISF DIG Anand Mohan, who arrived in Kochi from Chennai, to review the security at the airport.

A bomb detection and disposal squad, Quick Response team, CISF and police are keeping a constant vigil at the airport.

Security at the airport perimeter entrance has also been further tightened.

HT

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