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Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon (File Photo)

Stay alert against IS, Menon to Biman officials

WT24 Desk

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon today urged Biman officials to remain vigilant so that members of the so-called Islamic State (IS) cannot enter Bangladesh and make it a place of their terrorist activities, UNB reports

“In case of any militant attack on Biman or airports, it’ll trigger huge global media attention and isolate Bangladesh from the entire world. Keeping this view in mind, Biman officials and employees will have to maintain vigilance at the highest level,” Menon said.

He mentioned that the Islamic State, being pushed back in Syria and Iraq, is now reportedly sending its members to various countries for carrying out acts of sabotage. The civil aviation minister made the remarks at a meeting with the officials and employees of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at its headquarters – Balaka – in Kurmitola in the city.

He said the government is determined to ensure 100 percent safety in its national flag carrier Biman and in airports across the country. “Overall security at the airports has already been beefed up by putting modern security equipment in place,” Menon said.

At the meeting, issues of procuring security equipment, coordination among APBN, immigration and customs, activities of security consultant Red Line, ground handling, cargo complex and smooth hajj flights operations were discussed.

The civil aviation and tourism minister will inaugurate hajj flights at 8:05am on August 4. Biman governing body chairman Air Marshal Muhammad Enamul Bari presided over the meeting. Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary SM Ghulam Farooque, were, among others, present, according to a ministry handout.

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