Home Ministry Warns Security Agencies, Says Chemical Attack Likely on Planes


New Delhi, September 10: The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an alert to all security agencies saying that terrorists might launch chemical attacks on planes and other public transport systems. Following the alert, security in airports, train-metro stations and bus depots has been tightened and security personnel are looking out for any substance that could be used to release such toxic gases and cause damage.

As per a leading newspaper report, intelligence were received by the ministry following which they alerted the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, which then wrote to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Airports Authority of India and JV metro airports to increase security arrangements. The MHA alert reportedly claimed that terrorists could adopt chemical warfare methods to conduct chemical attacks from materials easily available including pesticides, acids and other chemical powders, perhaps disguised as medicine, food, beverage or household cleaners.

The Home Ministry reportedly wrote to all states, aviation ministry, security agencies and other stakeholders and stated that terrorists are planning ‘a range of attacks against commercial aviation targets’. Reports said, “”Central security agencies have intimated that terrorists are planning a range of attacks against commercial aviation targets.”

This alert follows the recent incident when Australian police in August foiled an attempt made by terrorists to place an explosive on a Gulf carrier’s aircraft. Source.