Monday, 5 January 2015

Hijack threat: Security on high alert in Hamid Karzai Int'l Airport


AT Monitoring Desk
KABUL: Following reports that terrorists may target Air India's Delhi-Kabul flights, the Interior Ministry on Monday said that concrete measures have been taken for security of Hamid Karzai International Airport.
"We have all needed measures on hand to prevent any kind of security lapse in Hamid Karzai International Airport," said Siddiq Siddiqi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI), as quoted by Radio Azadi.
He said special measures have been taken for Kabul city and the most attention of the ministry is on Hamid Karzai International Airport. "We have used all our facilities to provide safe environment for flights that take off and land in the airport," he added.
Siddiqi said terrorists are not capable of posing any threat to the airport; hijacking flights in Hamid Karzai International Airport is very far from terrorists' ability.
Indian media outlets the other day said that tightened security measures have been taken at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport following an intelligence alert that terrorists may target Air India flights from New Delhi to Kabul.
According to the reports, a threat call was received at the city office of the Air India, Special Task Force and detective department of the Kolkata Police.
In 1999, Indian Airlines flight IC 814 was hijacked by terrorists who took it to Kandahar in Afghanistan and demanded the release of three terrorists from Indian prisons in return for the passengers.

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