NEW DELHI, 5 Dec 2008: Unidentified gunmen opened fire at the arrival gate of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) early this morning but no casualties were reported.
According to Indian television stations, a group of gunmen fired three rounds at about 1am, before escaping in a Qualis car, which a bore a Haryana state number plate.
Despite tight security cover at the airport, gunmen managed to enter the airport vicinity and created panic among travellers.
Several international flights were delayed but resumed this morning, and activities are back to normal at the airport.
“Gunshots were heard but no injuries, no bullets were found. They escaped in a car,” Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) deputy inspector general Udayan Banerjee told the media.
Security had been heightened since the Mumbai terrorist attacks on 26 Nov, where more than 170 people were killed and over 250 injured in the four-day ordeal in the city.
Security at prominent airports in Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi had been stepped up after terror e-mails were received yesterday morning that terrorists are now targeting airports.
Delhi airport is on high security alert with additional security personnel being deployed. — Bernama