AA guns ring Delhi amid Republic Day alert

Michael Edwards

Posted January 26, 2010 08:34:00

India’s security agencies are on high alert with reports terrorist groups could be planning an airborne attack on the country’s Republic Day celebrations.

A security blanket has been thrown across central New Delhi, the site of India’s major Republic Day celebrations.

Anti-aircraft weaponry has been put in place after reports the Islamic militant group Lashka-e-Toiba has acquired paragliding equipment which could be used to launch an airborne assault.

Up to 15,000 police and security officers have been deployed across the city to guard the day’s main event – a military parade through the centre of New Delhi.

Throughout India, security agencies are on high alert for Republic Day which marks India’s transition from a British dominion to a republic.

In Mumbai, the scene of the November 2008 terrorist attacks, aerial and sea patrols have been stepped up.

Topics: world-politics, unrest-conflict-and-war, terrorism, india

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