All Pak airports on red alert after bomb threats

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{image-Benazir Bhutto airport_25092008.jpg}Islamabad, Sep 25: All major airports in Pakistan were on red alert on Thursday, Sep 25 after a telephone caller warned of a suicide bomb attack as the country continued to be on edge with fresh threats from militants to launch more strikes on US targets.
Passengers were evacuated from the capital's Benazir Bhutto airport and the whole complex was searched as an anonymous caller threatened of a possible suicide bombing. But all flights operated as normal, officials said. The threats of new attacks came just five days after the deadly Marriott Hotel bombing, prompting a red alert to be sounded. Simultaneously, enhanced safety measures were also taken at all airports across Pakistan. "We have raised the security level to red alert. It was already on high alert, but after bomb threat we stepped it up," Col Ashraf Faiz, Chief Security Officer, said.

The security at the entrance and the exit gates was stepped up and no visitors were allowed inside the airport. Coinciding with the threat to the airport, a terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide attack on the Marriott Hotel has issued fresh warnings that it will carry out more strikes on American targets.

An SMS sent to journalists in Islamabad on Wednesday, Sep 24, said the Fidayeen-e-Islam would carry out more attacks on US targets.

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