Heightened security at Mumbai airport

Mumbai: The Mumbai international airport was today put under heightened security alert following inputs from central intelligence agencies about a possible airborne attack on the country's busiest airport.

The alert was issued from New Delhi, sources said.

Without identifying any terror group that could possibly strike at the Mumbai airport, the Intelligence Bureau report said it could be like a 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre.

However, when contacted, a senior official of the Air Intelligence Unit at the Mumbai airport, as well the Sahar Police, under whose jurisdiction the airport falls, said they had not received any fresh intelligence inputs from the IB since Friday.

Earlier this month, the IB had warned that a small plane could be used to carry out an airborne terror attack on the Mumbai airport, following which, security was beefed up at the airport.

A spokesperson of the Mumbai airport said, "To check the preparedness of the all the security wings of the airport, there was a mock terminal evacuation drill between 1335 hrs and 1410 hrs at the busiest airport today."

"During the drill, domestic terminals 1A and 1C were successfully evacuated within the given time," she said adding that the airport regularly conducts such mock drills.