Published On: Sun, Sep 10th, 2017

Terrorists planning chemical attacks on aircraft, public transport

New Delhi: The Union home ministry has issued an alert to all states and security agencies to step up frisking and baggage checks at airports, bus stands, and train and metro stations, following intelligence inputs that terrorists may launch a chemical attack by releasing toxic gases in aircraft and other modes of public transport.

MHA alert was issued on September 1 to all states, aviation ministry and other agencies concerned

As per the MHA alert, the security personnel have been asked to remain alert and be on a lookout for any substance that could be used to release deadly toxic gases on aircraft and other public transport.

The said MHA alert was issued on September 1 to all states, aviation ministry and other agencies concerned.

The MHA alert states, “Central security agencies have intimated that terrorists are planning a range of attacks against commercial aviation targets.”

It may be mentioned here that the MHA alert follows a foiled bid last month in Australia to bring down a commercial aircraft.

The Australian police had said that terrorists tried to place an improvised explosive device on a Gulf carrier’s aircraft.

The MHA alert said the terrorists could adopt chemical warfare capabilities to conduct chemical attacks by creating toxic gases from materials available at hardware store or from easily produced materials including chemical powders, pesticides, acids and water, disguised as medication, food, beverages or household cleaners .

The MHA states that, “toxic gases pose the greatest hazard when made in an enclosed space, underscoring the risk to aircraft, buses or trains.”

Taking cognizance of the MHA alert, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security has written to the CISF, Airports Authority of India and JV metro airports to step up security arrangements to thwart any such attempt.

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