India: Three airports on high alert after 'gunmen threat'

New Delhi, 4 Dec. (AKI) - Indian authorities have put on high alert airports in the capital, New Delhi, the southeastern coastal city of Chennai and the southern city of Bangalore. The move followed a threat of possible attacks by militants who claimed last week's deadly assault on the Indian financial capital, Mumbai.

The previously unknown Deccan Mujahadeen group which claimed responsibility for last week's terrorist attacks on Mumbai reportedly threatened to attack the three airports this week between Wednesday and Sunday.

The threat was made in an e-mail sent form Saudi Arabia and received by Indira Gandhi Airport officials in New Delhi, news reports said.

"We are now on a high state of alert," airport spokesman Arun Arora, was quoted as saying by the media.

Indian officials were cited as saying there had been warnings of possible attacks using hijacked airlines, and Indian Air Force sources said fighter jets had also been put on stand-by.

Earlier on Thursday, Air chief Fali Homi Major was quoted as saying the government had received information that terrorists were planning to carry out aerial attack on targets in India similar to the 9/11 attacks against the United States.

India's defence minister on Wednesday called for greater coordination among the country's security and intelligence agencies and stepped up security along its coastal, land and airspace to prevent future attacks.

India has claimed the Mumbai terrorists had links to Pakistan, which has denied any role in the attacks that killed at least 188 people.


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