India Issues Terror Alert Over Possible Hijacking Plot

An Indian aviation official says the country has issued a terror alert at its airports after receiving reports that al-Qaida-linked militants were plotting to hijack a plane.

India's aviation spokeswoman Moushumi Chakravarty said Friday that airlines and airport operators were put on alert after intelligence services uncovered reports of the possible attack by Islamic extremists.

She says airport security has been heightened and passengers were subjected to extra security checks.

Indian media have reported that the plot was targeting an Air India or Indian Airlines flight destined for a neighboring South Asian country.

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