A note was found in toilet at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, warning of an attack on cargo on 26th January, 2018 by ISIS. Cargo area was evacuated and people coming there were being allowed to enter only after screening. “Police and CISF are doing their job,” Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport PRO said. The letter also reportedly stated the ISIS could attack the area or the airport anytime. CISF security officials swung into action immediately. The cargo area was cleared by the security officials. All staff at the cargo bay were evacuated and a bomb disposal squad rushed to the spot. Notably, airport sources said people would thoroughly be screened before being allowed in the airport. Security agencies have not ruled out any possibility over the scribbled message and are investigating it thoroughly from all angles, including it being a hoax.
Significantly, the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) had earlier arrested suspected ISIS terrorist Abu Zaid from the Mumbai Airport. Zaid was arrested yesterday on his arrival from Saudi Arabia. “Abu Zaid, suspected ISIS terrorist was arrested by the ATS team from Mumbai Airport yesterday after he came from Saudi Arabia,” ADG (Law and order) Anand Kumar said. He said Zaid was residing in Riyadh and formed a social media group to allegedly radicalise youths and lure them to ISIS.
“He will be brought to Lucknow on a transit remand and will be produced in the court. We will take him in police custody for interrogating him,” the ADG said. In April, the ATS had arrested four suspected ISIS terrorist Umar alias Nazim, Ghazi Baba alias Muzammil, Mufti alias Faizan and Jakawan alias Eihtesham. Zaid’s name had cropped up during interrogation. They used to talk via an application on the Internet and Zaid was their ideologue,” the ADG said.
Earlier, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had deradicalised 86 people in the last two years as a part of its efforts to wean away misguided youth from the path of extremism in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, an official had said. Those brought into the mainstream include well-educated people like a young couple, both post-graduates in pharmacy, an aeronautical engineer and an IT professional, he added. The deradicalisation is done to bring back to normal life persons who had strayed in the name of jihad, a senior official of the ATS said.