Saturday, October 24, 2020

Another security scare hits Sir Seretse Khama Airport

Air traffic at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport was delayed and disrupted on Saturday morning following a bomb scare.

At the time of going to press, security agents at the airport, with reinforcements from the army, were working hard to establish the veracity of the threat.

According to information gathered by The Sunday Standard, one Zimbabwean national arrived at the airport in the morning and communicated to Air Botswana ground personnel that the airline’s Johannesburg bound flight scheduled to leave at 0700 hours was unsafe.

Something terrible could happen to the flight, he told ground personnel.

As a result the aircraft could not leave.

Perturbed by the information, the Air Botswana personnel then alerted security agents.
Within a short time, reinforcements made up of the Botswana Defence Force, Botswana Police and plain clothes agents, were all over the passenger terminal.

At least one suspect has been remanded in police custody pending investigations.

The Airport Police Chief confirmed the story, but said details will only be available after the Commissioner of Police had been briefed.

The scare involving Air Botswana and Sir Seretse Khama International Airport is the second in two weeks.

The first one involved a hijack attempt by a West African national who was being repatriated via the Johannesburg Airport.

The man threatened to detonate explosives unless the airplane was diverted to his destination.

But he was arrested in Johannesburg with all the passengers released safely.
The latest scare will no doubt cast further doubts on the security of the international airport.

Late last year, about P5 million worth of hard cash was robbed in broad day light at the airport.

A businessman, Jeremiah Modise, has since been arrested in connection with the heist.

The Airport Police Chief said given that Sir Seretse Khama is an international airport, the matter is sensitive and information pertaining thereto could only be released by Police Commissioner Edwin Batshu.

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