A red alert was sounded at Chennai International Airport on Friday after a bomb threat call was made early Friday morning. The red alert was sounded after multiple threats were issued, sources told TNM. Security has been intensified at the airport.
Chennai police confirmed to TNM that a phone call was made to the New Delhi airport police control room. According to a report in The Hindu, the call stated that a woman passenger boarding a flight from Chennai airport to Saudi Arabia was carrying an explosive substance. The report added that the call was made by a number located in Salem district of Tamil Nadu. The identity of the caller is not known yet.
This comes as security had already been beefed up at the airport ahead of Independence Day next week. Chennai International Airport on Wednesday had informed travellers to arrive early amid a high-security alert. There already has been heightened bag-checking procedures put in place at the airport.
Earlier in May too, security was beefed up after a similar bomb threat, later found to be a hoax, was made to the Chennai airport telephone exchange.
(This is a developing story)