Terror Attacks: Indian Airport Police Officers To Cut Down On Smiling

File photo of Indian Rapid Action Force personnel along with Punjab Police personnel patrol.
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Armed police at Indian airports have been told to cut down on smiling, with officials blaming the 2001 US terror attacks partly on an excessive focus on friendliness, local media reported on Tuesday.

The Central Industrial Security Force, in charge of aviation safety, will move from a “broad smile system” to a “sufficient smile system”, the Indian Express said in a front-page report.

The English language newspaper said the move was aimed at making the CISF “more vigilant than friendly”.

“We cannot be over-friendly with the passengers because one of the reasons cited as to why 9/11 happened… was excessive reliance on passenger-friendly features,” CISF director general Rajesh Ranjan was quoted as saying.

Ranjan also said CISF personnel would be trained in behavioural analysis by international consultants.

India has witnessed a six-fold increase in passenger numbers over the past decade as citizens take advantage of better connectivity and cheaper fares in the highly competitive sector.

But airports are struggling to cope with the surge and analysts have warned that the government needs to spend billions of dollars to boost capacity and safety.

Earlier this month the government said some domestic flyers would be soon able to leave their boarding passes at home, thanks to proposed facial recognition technology at airports.

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Air Force Shows Readiness To Resist Terror Attacks On Nigerian Airports

Air-Force-Nigeria-Simulation-exercise-in-Abuja-Airport The Nigerian Air Force says it is fully prepared to respond to possible terror attacks across Nigeria’s airports, just as it assured air passengers of their safety at all times.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, expressed the readiness of the force while addressing naval officials after a simulation exercise at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The simulation appeared like a real life situation, showcasing the Nigerian Air Force’s combat readiness to counter terrorism at the airport.

It began with troops taking vantage position at the airport while others are deployed into the terminal building of the airport to arrest the terrorists.

Under the command of the regiment commander, the troops stormed the airport to arrest some suspected terrorists.

With the arrest of the terrorists which brought the mission to an end, the Chief of Air Staff gave his observation on the exercise.

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Nigeria Air Force officials in simulation exercise to counter terror attack

“I am very happy that we have been able to test the plans we have for this airport and whatever gaps there are, we will be able to quickly go back and debrief and see where there are areas of difficulties,” he said.

The Air Chief reaffirmed that there was no threat of terrorist attack on any airport in Nigeria.

“We are not anticipating anything. Like I said, this is just an exercise. It is very important that you evaluate your plan from time to time. If not you might have some gaps in what you have put together. If you have to wait till there is anticipation, then it might just be too late,” Air Marshal Abubakar stressed.

He further explained that the simulation exercise was aimed at testing the combat readiness of the troops to counter terrorism and would be replicated across the country.

Air Marshal Abubakar noted that the air staff were fully equipped to counter terrorists attacks on any airport within Nigeria.

He appealed to law abiding Nigerians to go about their lawful activities, saying that the Air Force remained committed to supporting other security agencies in reducing the activities of insurgents and militants in Nigeria.

Suicide Bomber Kills Seven In IDPs Camp

IDP-camp-bombingA suicide bomber has killed at least seven people in a transit camp in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital in north-east Nigeria.

The National Emergency Management Agency sources said the explosive was reportedly detonated by a female suicide bomber evacuated to the capital city alongside other displaced persons from Dikwa local council.

Locals of the area trapped by Boko Haram insurgents before its liberation were being screened for onward movement to official makeshift camps in Maiduguri when the incident happened.

Three officials of the Civilian Joint Task Force were also injured in the attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Boko Haram is largely suspected to be responsible.

The terrorist group has claimed responsibility for similar attacks in the past.

The attack came on a day that the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, reiterated his commitment to ending the activities of Boko Haram in the northern part of the nation.

Taliban Claims Responsibility For Kabul Airport Blast

bomb blastA suicide bomb attack near the entrance of the international airport in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed three people, including a British citizen.

The attack took place close to the area used by military vehicles and targeted a European police training mission vehicle.

Two Afghan teenage girls, described as bystanders, died in the blast, while at least 18 people were injured.

The Taliban said it carried out the attack in a statement emailed to media.

The attack is the second major incident in Kabul within a week. A Taliban gun attack on a hotel in the city on Thursday killed 14 people, most of them foreigners.

President Jonathan Condemns Terrorist Attack On Peshawar

AdekunlePresident Goodluck Jonathan has extended his heartfelt condolences to the Government and People of Pakistan on the loss of over 140 lives in Tuesday’s terrorist attack on Peshawar.

President Jonathan assured Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the people of Pakistan that Nigeria would continue to stand in full solidarity with them as they mourn the victims of the heinous attack and strive to give succour to the injured and the bereaved.

The President wholly condemns the brutal, savage, senseless and totally unjustifiable killing of innocent students and staff during the attack.

He believes that the atrocity in Peshawar and recurring terrorist crimes across the world strongly reinforce the need for urgent action towards the formation of more effective regional, continental and global alliances against insurgency and violent extremism.

President Jonathan prayed that God Almighty would comfort all the bereaved families of Peshawar and grant the injured speedy recovery.

Bomb Blast In Kaduna Leaves Many Injured

bomb-explosionSeveral people have been injured, some critically, after a bomb exploded in a suburb of Kaduna metropolis in Kaduna State.

An eye witness said the blast occurred at about 8:30pm local time on Tuesday in the Asikolaye area.

The number of victims is yet to be ascertained.

Kaduna Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, told Channels Television that the attack was suspected to have been carried out by members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths in the Maiduguri market attack that occurred around 8:30am on Tuesday has risen to a little over 18.

Sources at the State Specialist Hospital confirmed to Channels Television that more than 18 bodies were brought to the morgue with over 20 people critically wounded.

The defence ministry said in a tweet that an “Improvised Explosive Device” went off in “a van loaded with charcoal” and that the Monday Market area had been cordoned off.

And in southwest Nigeria, an improvised bomb went off in Ile Ife, in Osun State.

The device was said to have exploded behind a house not far from the family compound of a serving commissioner.

No casualty was reported but the house where the explosion occurred was seriously damaged.