Special forces have stormed a hotel in Malian capital Bamako in an attempt to end a siege by gunmen. As many as ten attackers are holding 170 people hostage at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the city. The property is popular with international business travellers, flight crews and Malian visitors.
Tunisian security forces have arrested 12 suspects following a terrorist attack in the resort town of Sousse on Friday. Officials said they were still hunting for two people, both of whom are suspected of having trained in Libya with the gunman who killed 38 people.
The ‘majority’ of the 38 people killed in an attack on the Hotel Imperial Marhaba in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse were British, the country’s prime minister Habib Essid has revealed.
At least 18 tourists are now believed to have been killed following an attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis, capital of Tunisia. Both gunmen were also killed in the incident, along with three Tunisians, with a policeman among them.
Security at airports with direct flights to the United States has been tightened in response to a “credible threat” to aviation. The move includes some airports in the United Kingdom, with transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirming measures had been put in place to protect the public.
Officials at the Metropolitan Police have confirmed two people have been arrested at London Heathrow Airport on suspicion of committing terrorism offences. A man and a woman, both 26-years-of-age, were arrested yesterday evening after arriving at the airport.
A new threat by Al-Qaeda to blow up a plane that was bound for the US using an ‘underwear bomb’ has been foiled, according to reports.
Officials at the United States department of treasury have imposed sanctions against Mahan Air amid allegations of its support for the Quds Force, an elite division of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. The Tehran-based commercial carrier is also accused of offering support to the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian national accused of attempting to bomb a United States bound flight on Christmas Day 2009, has changed his plea to guilty. Abdulmutallab is presently on trail in Detroit after attempting to sneak plastic explosives - hidden in his underwear - onto Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in Amsterdam.
On the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling on governments to adopt smarter visa and border security policies to promote travel and tourism as a driver of jobs and economic growth. After the 9/11 incident the security of air transport for both passengers and freight has been transformed and visa regulations heightened.
As many as ten people have been killed in New Delhi following a bomb attack on the Indian High Court. A further 61 people are believed to have been injured in what Indian prime minister Manmhan Singh branded a “cowardly act”.