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Olympics-Bound Airlines Warned of Toothpaste Bombs.

Airlines bound for Russia and the Winter Olympics in Sochi are being warned to be on the lookout for toothpaste tubes that could contain bomb-making ingredients and may be smuggled aboard by terrorists, reports said Wednesday.

“Out of an abundance of caution, [the Department of Homeland Security] regularly shares relevant information with domestic and international partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi Olympics,” says an agency statement obtained by ABC News, NBC News and CNN.

“While we are not aware of a specific threat to the homeland at this time, this routine communication is an important part of our commitment to making sure we meet that priority,” the statement says.

“As always, our security apparatus includes a number of measures, both seen and unseen, and DHS will continue to adjust security measures to fit an ever-evolving threat environment.”

Earlier Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN that “anybody who wants to go to the Olympics, which are just a great event, should go. And we’re not telling people not to go.”

Kerry’s comments came before the advisory was reported, however.

A federal law enforcement source told ABC News the advisory is aimed at foreign airliners — and doesn’t relate to the United States. The Russian government has been informed.

But New York Republican Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence, told CNN the threat should be a heads-up for U.S. travelers, the airlines and officials at the Olympic Games.

“Any type of explosive, concealed explosive, can be extremely damaging,” he said. “It could be enough to bring down a plane . . . This is the type of threat that we’re very concerned about.”

Security in Sochi has been tightened for months, with an eye on Islamic militants in the region. Last month, Russian authorities announced that no liquids would be allowed on planes to Sochi, ABC News reported.

The Games begin Friday.

Sochi is 300 miles from the north Caucasus region, where Islamic militancy is well known.

ABC News reported that Doku Umarov, known as “Russia’s Osama bin Laden,” reportedly told followers last summer that they should do what they could to disrupt the Games, which he called a “satanic dance” on the bones of their ancestors, ABC News reported.

On Tuesday, counter-terrorism official Matthew Olsen spoke before Congress on whether those Muslim fundamentalists could attack selected targets, CNN reported.

“There are a number of specific threats of varying degrees of credibility that we’re tracking,” he said. “And we’re working very closely with the Russians and with other partners to monitor any threats we see and to disrupt those.”

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Algeria’s security forces to protect energy plants.

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian official says that the country’s security forces will take over the job of securing the country’s oil and gas sites following a spectacular terrorist attack and mass hostage-taking on a gas installation in January.

An inquiry into the Ain Amenas plant assault blasted private companies currently responsible for site security in Algeria’s energy sectors for failing to prevent it, according to an Interior Ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The official said the inquiry found that the site’s infrastructure “was not capable of either preventing this terrorist attack and even less so repelling it.”

In all, 37 hostages, including an Algerian security guard, and 29 attackers were killed in a four-day standoff.


By AOMAR OUALI | Associated Press

Military increases security around formations in Abuja.

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The authorities of the Nigerian Military may have increased security around military formations in Abuja and other cities across the country to forestall any terror attack.

At the National Defence College, Abuja, for instance, the military high command onWednesday, blocked a part of the busy Albert Macaulay Road, Central Business District, compelling motorists to use one part of the road.

The road to the college was blocked with concrete barriers while the road beside it that leads to Chelsea Hotel, was barricaded.

A top security officer told one of our correspondents that the measure must have been informed by intelligence report that the institution was at the risk of a terror attack.

He said, “For the authorities to have taken a sudden decision to block the access road to the college on a public holiday, it means there was intelligence report that a terror attack against the institution might be in the offing.

“Coming after the Armed Forces Staff College, Jaji was attacked by suicide bombers, the military cannot afford to be caught napping by another surprise attack.”

Findings further showed that the blocking of the road was part of a decision taken by the military to secure its formations against any form of embarrassing attack by terror groups.

A suicide bomber had on November 25 rammed a bus into St. Andrew’s Church at a military cantonment in Jaji, Kaduna State, killing 11 persons and wounding many others.

Efforts to speak with the Public Relations Officer of the NDC, Lt. Commander Bencharles Anioke, were not fruitful as several calls to his telephone line indicated that it was either switched off or in an area outside of network coverage.

However, another source at the NDC said the security build-up was not peculiar to the NDC but to all military formations across the country.

The source described the decision to block the busy road off as normal security measure in the face of terror threat in the country.

He said, “It is a normal security measure; they just want to block that place off, that is all. The issue of planned terror attack is everywhere. Even in churches, there are a lot of security build-up, not only at the NDC.

“And I must tell you that, there are security build-up everywhere around all military institutions in the country. This is happening not because there is an immediate plot to attack.

“I think the plan has been on for some time and it is being executed now.”

The current exercise is coming amid moves by security operatives to open up some of the roads that were blocked in Abuja.

With the improved security situation in Abuja, the Force Headquarters which blocked half of the Shehu Shagari road off, opened a part of the road to avoid traffic in that part of the city.



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