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R-Day: More threats pointed out by intel agencies

Innovation in terror techniques
Background
  • Terror groups are becoming innovative in their attempt to strike any target of their choosing.
  • Recently, Islamic State in Syria was the first to use animals to bomb enemy factions: they would strap birds/chickens with explosives to target government buildings.
  • In India, domestic terror groups are reportedly not being able to recruit sufficient 'fidayeen' or 'suicide bombers' and may use tactics similar to IS.

  • Suicide vests on animals: Intelligence agencies warn
    13 Jan 2017
  • Anti-terror units in major cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Mumbai have been warned by central intelligence agencies to remain on guard concerning terrorist cells which may use animals as 'suicide bombers'.
  • These intelligence inputs are specifically in context of possible terror attacks during and close to Republic Day.
  • Security agencies across the country have been asked to be extra vigilant in the coming days.

  • What are the intelligence inputs?
    Details
  • Intelligence agencies have explained that given the cold winter season, domestic pets like dogs, cats are seen wearing vests.
  • These pets can be used to get explosives, camouflaged inside vests, inside venues and when close enough to sensitive targets, terrorists can remotely detonate explosives.
  • Anti-terror teams have also been warned that it is a possibility that their dog squads maybe compromised.

  • The vulnerable targets
    How
  • Animals with explosives strapped on or implanted inside them can be used in places with high footfall including train stations, airports across cities to carry out terror attacks.
  • Security agencies deployed at airports have been asked to be particularly watchful of unmanned aerial-vehicles like paragliders, aero-models, drones, hot-air balloons etc.
  • Intelligence inputs have also asked security to monitor passengers travelling with their pets.

  • Police chiefs swing into action
    FACT
    Given intelligence inputs, Delhi Police Chief Alok Verma, is closely monitoring security measures for Republic Day. He has issued a 42-point directive to ensure air-tight security: tabs are being kept on hotels, bars, motels to detect and track any suspicious person.

    R-Day: More threats pointed out by intel agencies
    18 Jan 2017
  • Intelligence agencies have cited more possible threats to the scheduled Republic Day celebrations in Delhi.
  • Sources said birds attracted to piles of garbage could pose a threat to aircraft. Agencies added that hot-air balloons and UAVs could also be used to target the Prime Minister and the other VIPs.
  • However, sources added that there were no specific intelligence inputs about any of the threats.



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