Al-Qaeda’s chief bomb-maker Ibrahim al-Asiri is understood to have developed the method of foiling airport scanners by concealing explosives in an implant or bodily cavity, a report in the Mirror said
Heathrow, UK’s busiest airport has been put on high terror alert after 'credible' intelligence emerged that al-Qaeda is plotting attacks, including strikes by women suicide bombers with explosives concealed in breast implants, media reports said.
The Mirror reported that security checks have been beefed up after intelligence reports surfaced that al-Qaeda is plotting attacks on airlines flying out of London.
“There are genuine fears over this. We have been told to pay particular attention to females who may have concealed hidden explosives in their breasts. This is particularly difficult for us to pick up but we are on a very high state of alert,” an airport staff member was quoted by the daily as saying.
“It’s led to long queues here at Heathrow, much longer than usual at this time of the year. But because it’s the summer holiday season, no one has complained,” the staff member said.
Al-Qaeda’s chief bomb-maker Ibrahim al-Asiri is understood to have developed the method of foiling airport scanners by concealing explosives in an implant or bodily cavity, the report said.
It is also feared there is no shortage of volunteers willing to take part in an atrocity after hundreds of extremists recently escaped from prison in Pakistan, it said.
“There is a great fear that al-Qaeda are planning on using internal devices to try and get through airport scanners. These explosives could be in breast implants,” Explosives expert Andy Oppenheimer was quoted by the paper as saying.
Another specialist said breast implant bombs could be set off by injecting another liquid.
“Both are very difficult to pick up with current technology and they are petrified al-Qaeda are a step ahead here. It’s pretty top secret and potentially very grisly and ghastly,” the expert said.
Independent security analyst Paul Beaver said: “There are currently deeply serious concerns over body cavities and implants of all kinds, including breast implants, being used to hide explosives.”
“It is taking longer to get through Heathrow and other airports in Europe and North America because of these fears.
They are taking longer to screen people and there is definitely some sort of profiling going on,” Beaver said.
“The general alert state remains the same in the UK but overseas, the recent Pakistan prison breakouts and foiled attacks in Yemen are raising fears of a new jihadist wave of violence,” he said.
A Heathrow Airport spokesman said: “We don’t comment on specific security measures.”
For the first time since 1991, India's misery index has remained persistently at elevated levels. Policymakers will have to make tough decisions, says Nomura
It should come as no surprise that economic misery is rising in India. In the current stagflation-type scenario of high consumer price index (CPI) inflation and negative industrial output growth, the misery index (difference between CPI inflation and industrial production) of India is at an elevated level.
According to Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Pvt Ltd, such economic conditions hurt the poorer segments of society much more than the wealthy. "It also means a very tough economic environment for policymakers. Taming inflation or the currency (as is the case currently) may require policies that result in increasing the economic misery for people in the near term. Unfortunately, we see no short cuts," it said in a research note.
Nomura said, over the past two decades, there have been a few episodes when the misery index was higher than it is currently, but most of these episodes were short-lived. This is the first time since 1991 that the index has remained persistently at these levels, it added.
SEBI has been clamping down on entities that have illegally raised money from the public. On a preliminary examination, the market regulator found that the issue was related to private placement of securities by Kolkata Weir
Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has Kolkata Weir Industries (KWIL), its promoters and directors from raising money by issuing securities.
SEBI, citing the Sahara case and the Supreme Court's order in this regard, said Rs47.9 crore raised by Kolkata Weir from over one lakh investors amounted to a public offer and not a private placement.
"... KWIL is prima facie engaged in fund mobilising activity from the public, through the 'offer of redeemable preference shares,' which is a public issue made to 50 persons or more," the market regulator said in an order on 14th August.
SEBI has directed KWIL and its directors and promoters "not to collect any more money from investors through issuance of securities in any manner." This includes, Sahajahan Khan, Samsul Alam Khan, Ram Krishna Mondal, Prabir Haldar, Ratan Kumar, Ajay Kumar Srivastab, Selim Laskar, Lukaman Ansari, Chandan Chowdhury, Sahajamal Khan and Lakshmi Kanta Gayen.
The company has been barred from disposing of any of its properties without prior permission from SEBI. It also cannot divert any funds raised from the public, which are kept in bank account(s) and/or in the custody of KWIL, the order said.
SEBI noted that although the 'offer of redeemable preference shares' was stated to have been made on a private placement basis, "yet, through the same offer, KWIL had approached 105 lakh investors and mobilised funds amounting to Rs47.90 crore."
Since KWIL made the offer to 50 persons or more, the offer qualified as a public issue and had to be listed on a recognised stock exchange.