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Indian airports put on high alert

A letter received by a TN official says that about 10 Al-Qaeda terrorists will break the security cordon at airports.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 17:50 IST

A high alert has been sounded at all airports in the country, particularly those in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, following threats of a possible terror attack by Al-Qaeda.

The security alert was issued on Thursday morning after the Director of Trichy Airport in Tamil Nadu received an anonymous letter warning of an attack by Al-Qaeda at airports or on aircraft in South India.

The letter said about 10 Al-Qaeda terrorists will break the security cordon and carry out attacks at airports. The airports that are placed on high alert are Chennai, Kochi, Trichy, Thiruvananthapuram and Coimbatore.

The Civil Aviation Ministry has taken up the matter seriously and held a series of meetings with officials of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, Home Ministry and CISF for reviewing the situation.

All necessary security measures have been put in place at all the airports to thwart any attack, official sources said here.

The measures included secondary ladder point check and thorough baggage check besides increased security at peripheral areas.

First Published: Nov 09, 2006 15:47 IST