Published On: Thu, Aug 10th, 2017

No bomb scare at Lagos airport hajj terminal, FAAN

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From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

A purported bomb hoax at the Hajj and Cargo Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Tuesday has been described as unfounded by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
The country’s airport manager explained that an unattended bag was noticed at about 9:30am after the departure of the 4th flight for the intending pilgrims.
The Chief Security Officer of the Federal Airports Authority, Hajj and Cargo Terminal as well as the Bomb Disposal Unit were contacted and began the process of finding out the owner and the content of the bag.
FAAN said “No one claimed ownership of the bag, so the decision to blow up the bag using an explosive device was made, which in turn caused some panic amongst the second batch of intending pilgrims waiting.
“After detonation, it was discovered that the bag contained some copies of an Islamic guide; meant for pilgrims to guide them with regards to their journey.”
Passengers are advised to be cautious of their belongings, and ensure that all properties are securely kept.
It said the authority would like to assure the general public that there was no Bomb and the Hajj and Cargo Terminal is safe, secure for flight operations.

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