CISF cordoned off the area at the Mangaluru airport. (Photo Credit: ANI)
Central Industrial Security Force has found traces of Improvised explosive device (IED) from an unattended bag near ticket counters of the Mangaluru airport in Karnataka. The unattended bag had led to a bomb threat after which security forces cordoned off the area. “We have found traces of Improvised explosive device (IED) from a bag lying at the ticket counter at Mangaluru airport, we have safely evacuated it,” CISF said.
Earlier, Mangaluru Police Commissioner PS Harsha rushed to the airport along with a police team. An extensive search operation began with the help of bomb disposal and dog squads, and metal detectors.
"The CISF had found a suspicious bag, handled it as per the safety protocols and quickly informed the police control room. We have placed the bag in the isolation bay as per the safety protocol," Harsha later said in a video message.
The police commissioner said the citizens had been kept away from the bag, adding that the situation was peaceful and the police were taking all precautions.
According to some reports, two persons had come in an autorickshaw and placed the bag there. Police said they are verifying the CCTV footage.
With PTI Inputs