The police on Thursday launched a major investigation into reports that terrorists were planning to “blow up” the Terrence B Lettsome International Airport and other locations on this British overseas territory.
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) said along with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in the United States, they were probing the reports.
“The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force 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,” said Governor John Duncan.
“I am aware of reports circulating on local social media channels about a potential terrorist threat to the territory,” the Governor added.
BVI News Online made reference to a report being circulated on social media that an “ISIS fanatic” had threatened to “blow up” the territory’s main airport on Friday, April 15.
In response, Director of the BVI Airport Authority Denniston Fraser, stated that steps were taken early Thursday to review security at the airport.
“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,” Fraser said.
Meanwhile the authorities have urged persons visiting the territory to remain vigilant.
courtesy of; Caribbean News Service