India airports on alert after 'Western' hijack warning

The Indian interior ministry has recommended extra security measures for Indian airlines.

India airports on alert after 'Western' hijack warning
India has increased airport security and warned its domestic airlines about a possible hijack attempt after a tip-off from Western intelligence services, officials said Friday.

The Indian interior ministry has recommended extra security measures for Indian airlines.

The warning comes ahead of India's annual Republic Day on Tuesday, when there are often security scares.

"We have alerted our civil aviation security people against a possible attempt to hijack an Indian airlines flight," U.K. Bansal, the special secretary for internal security in the Home (interior) Ministry, told Reuters.

"This would obviously be from terrorist groups who are arraigned against Indian interests," he added, but did not specify which group.

The ministry had not recommended suspension of flights, but suggested measures such as greater frisking and deploying more sky marshals, Bansal said.

The biggest hijack threat was to flights by the carrier to and from the SAARC bloc of neighbouring nations, he said.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation is made up of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The Indian Air Force said it was taking extra precautions after receiving intelligence on a possible air attack.

"The air force is on high alert, although use of sophisticated gliders by militants to carry out attacks seems unlikely. But we are not leaving anything to chance," a senior air force official said in New Delhi.

Agencies
Last Mod: 22 Ocak 2010, 16:59
Add Comment