Commonwealth Games prepared for bioterror

There have been no specific threats leveled at the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in India in October, but intelligence agencies have said there is enough of a generic threat to require them to be prepared for all manner of attack, including bioterror.

To protect the games against such organizations as Al-Qaeda and the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba, the games will utilize a four-layered security cover designed to fight all potential threats, EconomicTimes.IndiaTimes.com reports.

One Al-Qaeda commander, Ilyas Kashmiri, warned in February that foreign teams should stay away from the games. Thirty-three teams are currently scheduled to participate in the games. Lashkar-e-Toiba, experts have said, is believed to be planning terror acts against India.

The outer layer of security at the games involves the use of a massive police and paramilitary presence with perimeter fencing. Inner layers will use frisking and baggage checks for potential chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. Inside those security levels will be security officials tasked with keeping an eye on actions inside of venues.

In the event of an attack, foreign delegates have already been briefed on evacuation drills and contingency plans for the Games village and the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which will hold the opening and closing ceremonies, EconomicTimes.IndiaTimes.com reports.

 

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