Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport on high alert after bomb scare

On August 7 security arrangements were tightened at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport at Delhi with an immediate effect just after the Delhi Police received a bomb threat via., email citing an attack by the terrorist outfit Al Qaeda Sargana.

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On August 7 security arrangements were tightened at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport at Delhi with an immediate effect just after the Delhi Police received a bomb threat via., email citing an attack by the terrorist outfit Al Qaeda Sargana.

“After investigation, the threat was considered “non-specific” and Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTAC) was terminated from the airport,” ANI reported an official statement given by the airport authorities.

“However, an extra alert has been sounded and all security measures have enhanced at IGI Airport,” the statement added.

“On Saturday, IGI police station informed Airline Operations Control Center (AOCC) at the airport about a bomb threat e-mail received with the subject of 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,” the statement asserted. “On examination, DIG pointed out that a similar threat message was received in the recent past with the same names and similar details,” it added.

The Security Operations Control Centre rightly notified all the associated authorities and signalled the concerned personnel. An anti-sabotage check was conducted at all the terminals of the airport, along with immediate access control, vehicle checking at entry nakas/ points and patrolling was also initiated extensively. Delhi Police was also asked to check the recorded investigation report and get access to the earlier messages sent by the same couple as per the source of these e-mails.