Airports on high alert after terror threat

April 2nd, 2009 - 8:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) The Indian government Thursday asked airports around the country to adopt heightened security measures after an intelligence tip-off of a possible terror attack.
Official sources confirmed that a red alert has been sounded at airports across the country, especially in the four metros, as well as in Hyderabad, Bangalore and at some international airports like Amritsar.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has issued a circular asking all airports to be on high alert, an official confirmed.

“We are not denying the fact that there is a terror threat but we have not circulated any instructions to the airports. This might have been done by some other agency,” T. Premnath, the spokesperson for the Airports Authority of India (AAI), told IANS.

However, a senior AAI official said they were tipped off by intelligence agencies about the possibility of fidayeen (suicide squads) attacks by trained pilots and women.

Emergency anti-hijacking measures and multi-layered security arrangements have been put in place at most of the crucial airports, an official said.

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