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Security beefed up at Delhi's IGI Airport following bomb threat email linked to Al-Qaeda

Security beefed up at Delhi's IGI Airport following bomb threat email linked to Al-Qaeda
  • Sun Online Desk
  • 8th August, 2021 03:18:41 PM
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Security has been beefed up at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport after a bomb threat email was received by the IGI police station, warning of a possible attack by the terrorist outfit Al Qaeda.

The email was received by the Delhi Police on Saturday evening, which warned that a bomb could be used at the airport in the next one to three days.

However, the threat was later found to be ‘non-specific’ and the Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTAC) has been terminated from the airport, after a search.

Sources said that the police received an email at around 5.50pm on Saturday, which mentioned “Planned bomb blast by Al Qaeda Sargana at IGI airport stating that Karanbir Suri alias Mohamad Jalal and Karanbir Suri's wife Shaily Sharda alias Haseena are coming to India on Sunday from Singapore and plan to put the Bomb on IGI in 1-3 days.”

Immediately, police alerted the airport and the Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC), with checks carried out on the airport premises.

At around 7.18pm, the BTAC declared the bomb-threat as ‘non-specific’. However, BTAC asked for heightened security to remain on the premises.

CISF officials said that checks by their quick-reaction teams will continue on the premises, with numbers increased, owing to the bomb threat, as well as Independence Day.

The Security Operations Control Centre (SOCC) of the airport, on inspection, found that a similar threat message had been received by the airport in March, mentioning similar names and that the same threat, of blowing up the airport within one to three days was mentioned in that mail too.

Even in March, the threat was declared ‘non-specific’ by BTAC, officials said.

Source: Times of India