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HSIA has no security lapse: Menon

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon today Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) has no security lapse.

"We didn't find any lapse at HSIA after reviewing the overall security system," he told media at the HSIA after a meeting with the senior officials of Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh (CAAB) this morning.

The minister made the announcement two days after a knife attack by a miscreant that killed an Ansar member and injured three others.

Replying to a query, Menon said CAAB did not have any information about the attack. "A special security measure has been taken after the incident, but there is no need to issue any alert," he added.

CAAB is the custodian of all airfields and allied facilities.

The minister said a committee, headed by a CAAB member, would investigate the incident and recommend ways to boost security.

He said an overall investigation report would be published based on all the reports and recommendations.

"A security drill will be held every six-month comprising APBn, Ansar, DGFI and NSI as per recommendation of law enforcement agencies," said Menon.

CAAB officials said relatives of the passengers were being stopped at the entrance of departure terminal and only one person was being allowed at the arrival area to receive passengers since Sunday's attack.

Ansar member Sohagh Ali, 32, was killed and three security personnel were injured when a man in a cleaner's uniform attacked them with a knife on Sunday evening.

Menon announced Taka 100,000 grant for deceased Ansar member's family from the ministry's fund.

Besides, CAAB will bear medical bills of injured security personnel.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)