Mumbai, Sept 17: Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and al-Qaeda terrorists are planning to cause massive destruction at the Mumbai airport by specifically targeting gate number 8 — mostly used by VIPs and top business honchos to board chartered planes and helicopters, says a DNA report.
A confidential report sent by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to the city police states that a truck laden with explosives could enter the airport from gate number 8, the DNA report said.
“The intention is to cause maximum damage and kill as many people as possible. The airport will be under terror threat for two months,” said a senior police officer.
Last week, the IB received inputs that the al-Qaeda planned to carry out a terror attack at the airport using a small chartered plane or a helicopter. “The alert was received a day before Ganpati visarjan and no helicopters were allowed to fly in the city that day,” the officer said.
Sources said intelligence has been shared with the Central Industrial Security Force which is responsible for security at the airport.
“In case any deviation in aircraft movement is observed, we will alert the Indian Air Force,” said an official at the airport. The flight plans of non-scheduled operators will be thoroughly checked and security has been beefed up at gate number 8.