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Security alert at Tribhuvan airport

world Updated: Jan 23, 2010 17:52 IST
Utpal/HT Correspondent
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Intelligence report of Pakistan-based terror group planning to hijack an Indian commercial aircraft has led to beefing up of security arrangements at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.

Nepal’s only international airport was the place from where an Indian Airlines plane with 167 passengers and crew was hijacked in December 1999 by Pakistani terrorists and taken to Kandahar in Afghanistan.

“We are on high alert in view of a possible hijack plot,” Keshav Raj Khanal, Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) was quoted as saying by the Kathmandu Post.

Although no formal notice has been issued in this regard, the report also quoted a home ministry official as stating that the matter has been taken seriously in order to avoid any untoward incident.

On Friday, the Indian government had sounded an alert based on Western intelligence inputs that terror groups linked to Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jamat-ul-Dawa were planning to hijack an Indian aircraft especially operating to or from SAARC nations.