‘Airports across country face terror threat’

ISLAMABAD: National Counter-terrorism Authority (NACTA) has alerted law enforcement agencies and aviation officials regarding terror threats to country’s civilian airports from international terrorist organisations, ARY News reported.

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“There have been reports about increased threat to civilian aircraft from international terrorist groups including Al-Qaeda and the groups affiliated with it, like Al-Shabab, the Yemeni Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Syrian Jabhat al-Nusra (JAN) terror group,” reads the letter issued by the authority.

“Explosives prepared in this manner might be smuggled into civilian airlines. Especially in airports in countries where security is low,” says the letter.

The letter further warns about some methods the terrorist may employ including the newly invented technique by Somalian Al-Shabab group, i.e. hiding Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Laptops.

[textmarker color=”C24000″]TWO MAJOR TECHNIQUES[/textmarker]

A: Placing approximately 1 kg explosives into the computer after removing some components. In such a case, a laptop will not start which can help airport security stop the terrorist.

B: Placing a few hundred grams of pressed explosives in the form a sheet behind the laptop screen. There is a bit of free space in some models of laptops and would not require the terrorists to remove any component of the device.

“In such case detection at airports might be difficult,” says the letter.


Letter obtained by ARY News reporter Salahuddin.

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‘Airports across country face terror threat’

by Salah Uddin