Bangladesh puts major airports on high alert

Last Updated: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 16:12

Dhaka: Bangladesh put all its major airports on high alert and beefed up security around all vital installations following a tip off from a western country`s embassy of a possible terror strike.

As the warning from the embassy came in, authorities deployed the elite Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to man security at Dhaka and Chittagong international airports.

"We have deployed our troops and intensified intelligence vigil at all major airports since Thursday evening on a request by the civil aviation authority," RAB spokesperson Major Iftekhar Ahmed said.

"Orders were also issued to beef up security at all major installations," he said.

His comments came as the `Daily Star` newspaper today carried a report quoting Civil Aviation Minister Golam Qader that a western country`s embassy in Dhaka had informed the government about a possible terror attack or plane hijacking at the capital`s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Thursday.

"We had remained alert so that none can carry any arms and ammunition in the airport," he said.

Witnesses and airport officials said the security agencies have enforced a strict vigil in and around the airports.

"The entry of the visitors at the airport has also been strictly regulated," a airport official said. The report also said a number of ministers, including Law Minister Shafique Ahmed, were advised to move with caution till the end of April.

Meanwhile, the state-run BSS news agency reported that the authorities in southeastern Chittagong have beefed up security at the Shah Amanat International Airport at the port city alongside the key point installations including the three main oil depots to check possible acts of sabotage.

Though officials did not specify which terrorist group was planning to strike, private UNB news agency has quoted intelligence sources saying that an attack could be staged on or before "Pahela Baishakh", the first day of the Bengali New year on April 14.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 16:12

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