Media names Etihad as plot target

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 2 August 2017: Etihad Airways said, Tuesday, it was helping Australian police with their investigation into an alleged plot to bring down a plane, as authorities sifted through evidence from counter-terrorism raids.

Four men were arrested in Sydney on Saturday evening, with security tightened across all major Australian domestic and international airports as investigators search several homes across the city.

Local media on Monday reported that the men, who have not yet been charged, planned to use poisonous gas, or a crude bomb disguised as a meat mincer, although details of the alleged plot have not been confirmed by police. Read more

Saudi exits laptop ban

July 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

RIYADH, 21 July 2017: Saudi Arabia’s national carrier said a US ban on laptops and tablets in the cabins of its US-bound planes had been lifted, Wednesday.

The kingdom’s civil aviation authorities informed Saudia that the ban had been lifted after a US team inspected security measures at airports in Riyadh and Jeddah, the airline’s spokesman Abdulrahman al-Taieb said.

Washington in March barred all electronic devices larger than a mobile phone in the cabins of direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, only allowing them in hold luggage. Read more

Israeli spies exposed Laptop threat

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 13 June 2017: Israeli government spies hacked into the operations of Islamic State bomb makers to discover they were developing a laptop computer bomb to blow up a commercial aircraft, The New York Times reported Monday.

The Times said the work by Israeli cyber operators was a rare success of Western intelligence against the constantly evolving, encryption-protected and social media-driven cyber operations of the extremist group.

It said the Israeli hackers penetrated the small Syria-based cell of bomb makers months ago, an effort that led to the 21 March ban on carry-on laptops and other electronics larger than cell phones on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. Read more

Sri Lankan bomb hoaxer heads for jail

June 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

MELBOURNE, 2 June 2017: A Sri Lankan student who tried to enter an airline cockpit with what he said was a bomb before terrified passengers overpowered him, had been released from psychiatric care just before boarding the plane, Australian police said Thursday.

Passengers on Malaysian Airlines flight MH128 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur said they feared for their lives when the 25-year-old rushed towards the cockpit shouting that he wanted to “blow the plane up”.

“He had been released from psychiatric care (on Wednesday), and from there we believe he has purchased a ticket on this plane,” Victoria state police chief Graham Ashton told reporters. Read more

Drunk terrorises MH flight

June 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

MELBOURNE, 1 June 2017: Armed police stormed a Malaysia Airlines flight which was forced to return to Melbourne after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit claiming he had a bomb, officials said Thursday.

Passengers told of fearing for their lives, but Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said a Sri Lankan national, who appeared to have been drunk, was overpowered by the plane’s crew and later arrested.

“It is not a hijack. One disruptive passenger tried to enter the plane’s cockpit,” he told AFP. Read more

Bombing continues in Philippines

May 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

MARAWI, THE PHILIPPINES, 30 May 2017: Security forces traded heavy gunfire with Islamist militants inside a southern Philippine city, Monday, as fears grew for up to 2,000 people unable to escape a week of fighting that has left women and children among the dead.

President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the southern third of the Philippines shortly after the fighting erupted, warning the gunmen were involved in an effort by the Islamic State group to set up a local caliphate.

But street-to-street battles and a relentless military bombing campaign has so far failed to end the crisis in Marawi, one of the biggest Muslim cities in the mainly Catholic Philippines, and authorities expressed alarm about the fate of those trapped. Read more

Suicide bomb attack in Jakarta

May 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

BANGKOK, 26 May 2017: Travel advisories are warning travellers of the ongoing threat of a terrorist attack in Indonesia in the wake of an incident in Jakarta, 24 May.

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller reported that a suspected suicide bombing took place at the Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta killing a number of police officers and injuring bystanders.

The news was overshadowed by the Manchester suicide bomb, Monday evening that killed 22 people and injured 64 people. Read more

Bomb blast in Jakarta bus station

May 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 26 May 2017: Indonesia’s elite anti-terror squad was Thursday investigating a suicide bombing attack near a busy Jakarta bus station that killed three policemen, the latest assault in the Muslim-majority country as it faces a surge in militant plots.

President Joko Widodo appealed for calm after two suicide attackers unleashed carnage outside the terminal late Wednesday, sending huge clouds of black smoke into the sky and panicked people fleeing.

Three policemen were killed, while six other officers and five civilians were injured in an attack that left body parts and shattered glass strewn across the road. The bombers also died. Read more

New York steps up security

May 25, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 25 May 2017: New York authorities, Monday, stepped up security at sensitive sites after a deadly bomb blast at a concert in Britain, although officials said there was no indication of a threat to US targets.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was ordering additional patrols at “high-profile locations” including airports and the subway “out of an abundance of caution” after the assault at the show by US pop star Ariana Grande.

“This apparent act of terrorism, targeting a concert attended by thousands of teenagers and young people, is an inexplicable and abhorrent assault on our universal values as human beings,” Cuomo said in a statement. Read more

Security check delays flight

May 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 24 May 2017: A Virgin Atlantic flight to London was delayed, Tuesday, in Dubai for extra security checks, authorities said, hours after a bombing killed at least 22 people in northwest England.

“Dubai Airports confirms that the departure of a Virgin Atlantic aircraft was delayed, until additional security checks were carried out,” the airport authority said on Twitter.

“These were carried out in close cooperation with Dubai Police and the airline, following which the aircraft was cleared for departure,” it added. Read more

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