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‘Breast bomb’ threat alert at Indian airports

Security personnel at the airports have been asked to double check women passengers from now on since India’s airports still do not have full body scanners to detect explosives concealed in such a manner. (Reuters)

Days after UK’s Heathrow Airport was put on high alert amid fears that Al Qaeda’s women suicide bombers may target the location with explosives concealed in breast implants, security agencies in India have put all airports on high alert citing the same threat.

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Security personnel at the airports have been asked to double check women passengers from now on since India’s airports still do not have full body scanners to detect explosives concealed in such a manner.

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The greatest concern, officials said, was respecting the privacy of passengers.

The Heathrow Airport is equipped with full body scanners that can detect any explosives or metal hidden inside the body. In the absence of such technological support, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials have a tough task at hand.

“We are working on ways to devise a method to identify such explosives. We are trying to coordinate with international agencies; nobody has been able to come out with a foolproof solution for such threats,” said R R Verma, SDG (airports), CISF.

Officials said they have asked security personnel to conduct vigorous security checks while making sure they maintain a level of decency in their conduct.

“It is a sensitive issue and we have apprised our women personnel to be particularly alert. Any kind of explosives embedded in implants that do not have a metal component cannot be detected. We are devising ways to address this threat,” said the officer.

He added they were seeking the help of international agencies to know the exact nature of the threat posed by the improvised explosive devices concealed in implants.

“We are going through proper diplomatic channels to get any extra information on such IEDs. The dynamics are changing and we have to keep pace with new technologies,” he said.

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