Mumbai airport tightens security over suspected terror attack

19:01, April 20, 2010      

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Security has been tightened at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport in the Indian financial hub Mumbai following an alert issued by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) about a possible terror attack, reported the Press Trust of India Tuesday.

The alert came after BCAS received a tip-off from Delhi Police stating that there could be a "suspected terror attack" on April 22 at the airport and some other installations in Mumbai, said the report quoting airport sources as saying.

There were also threats of attack on Santa Cruz railway station in the city and a shopping mall in Lokhandwala in suburban Mumbai, said the report.

On Monday, the Indian Home Ministry has issued a warning that Mumbai is not very safe to host two semi-finals of the Indian cricket tournament, following two explosions at a stadium in the southern city of Bangalore last Saturday before a cricket match.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced the decision to shift two semi-finals to Mumbai's DY Patil Stadium after low intensity blasts took place outside the Bangalore stadium, just before the start of the match Saturday, injuring 16 people including four policemen.

This came after the twin blasts in Bangalore sounded alarm and Cricket Australia said they would talk to the Indian Premier League (IPL) authority soon to take stalk of the security situation in the country.

Mumbai came under a major terror attack in November 2008 when 10 militants from Pakistan staged a three-day rampage through the central city, killing 170 and injuring 300.

Source: Xinhua


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