FBI and BVI po­lice in­ves­ti­gate al­leged plot to blow up air­ports

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - – Caribbean360

Po­lice in the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands (BVI), with as­sis­tance from the United States Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tions (FBI), are in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of a plan to blow up air­ports across the Vir­gin Is­lands.

Gov­er­nor John Dun­can said he was aware of the re­ports cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia about the pos­si­bil­ity of a ter­ror­ist at­tack at the Ter­rance B. Lett­some In­ter­na­tional Air­port – for­merly the Beef Is­land Air­port – and of­fi­cials were meet­ing to de­ter­mine the ap­pro­pri­ate course of ac­tion.

The threat was re­port­edly brought to the at­ten­tion of the US Coast Guard Sec­tor San Juan Com­mand Cen­ter, ac­cord­ing to BVI News.

“The Royal Vir­gin Is­lands Po­lice Force (RVIPF) are in­ves­ti­gat­ing th­ese re­ports. The BVI Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, jointly chaired by the Gov­er­nor and Premier, will meet early this af­ter­noon to con­sider ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion,” Dun­can said in a me­dia state­ment.

A joint re­lease from the RVIPF and the BVI Air­ports Au­thor­ity in­di­cated that law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties were still look­ing into the cred­i­bil­ity of the in­for­ma­tion.

“We have re­ceived in­for­ma­tion of a pos­si­ble threat to air­ports across the Vir­gin Is­lands in­clud­ing Ter­rance B. Lett­some In­ter­na­tional Air­port, and we are work­ing closely with the FBI cur­rently on the mat­ter. We can­not yet be sure that this in­for­ma­tion is cred­i­ble. Mean­time, we have re­viewed and stepped up se­cu­rity at the air­port and con­tinue to look at pub­lic safety as our main pri­or­ity,” it said.

While the mat­ter is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, trav­ellers have been urged to be vig­i­lant and con­tact au­thor­i­ties if they see any­thing or any­one sus­pi­cious at the ter­ri­tory’s air­ports.

“The au­thor­i­ties have stressed that it is busi­ness as usual but have rec­om­mended that pas­sen­gers present them­selves three hours be­fore their de­par­ture to give them­selves suf­fi­cient time dur­ing this week­end’s height­ened vig­i­lance,” the air­port au­thor­ity ad­vised.

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