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Thursday, December 4, 2008

India airport in high alert after hijack threats

India has put its major airports on high alert after warnings that militants may have slipped into the country to try and hijack passsenger planes. The emergency measures come one week after 171 people were killed in a coordinated terror attack against India's economic capital Mumbai. India blames those attacks on members of the banned Pakistani Islamist group, Lashkar-e-Taiba. Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari has promised US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that his government will take "strong action" against any Pakistanis who may have been involved. Rice was in Islamabad briefly on Thursday. She met with Indian leaders in New Delhi the day before, as the US steps up diplomatic efforts to prevent tensions between the two nuclear-powered neighbours from escalating.

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