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Sep 13, 2006 at 04:50pm IST

A-I flight diverted after terror scare

Dubai: Aviation authorities in the United Arab Emirates had diverted a Dubai-bound Air-ndia flight to a military air base on "security and safety" concerns, the Emirates' official news agency WAM (Wakalat Anba'a al-Emarat) reported on Wednesday.

WAM said the flight had been due to land at Dubai airport, one of the busiest in the West Asia, late on Tuesday.

"As a precautionary measure the aircraft, the passengers and the luggage have been searched to verify safety," WAM quoted a civil aviation official as saying.

SECURITY THREAT: Aviation authorities in the UAE had diverted a Dubai-bound Air India flight.

"All passengers were later transported to the Dubai International Airport," it said.

WAM gave no details about what caused the security concern. Airport security officials were not immediately available for comment.

On Monday, al-Qaeda's second in command Ayman al-Zawahri said in a video posted on the Internet that Gulf Arab states and Israel would be the militant network's next targets.

Security is normally tight in Dubai, the trade and tourism hub of the wealthy Gulf region.