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Zimbabwe Airports on High Alert After Bomb Threat, President Mnangagwa’s Trip Suspended


In a press statement issued by Presidential Spokesperson George Charamba, Zimbabwean authorities confirmed a bomb threat received through FastJet Airline on Friday morning, prompting an immediate escalation of security measures across the nation’s airports.

The statement revealed that an email from an individual identifying as “John Doe” was received, claiming a credible bomb and firearm threat specifically targeting Zimbabwean airports. In response, the country’s security systems have been placed on high alert, and a thorough investigation into the source and credibility of the message is currently underway.

“While our country is peaceful, and all our ports of entry are well secured, such alerts on possible terrorist attacks are taken and treated very seriously, as nothing should be left to chance,” emphasized Charamba.

The nation has been urged to remain calm during this period of heightened security measures, assuring citizens that investigations are underway and that the results will be made public by relevant government authorities once concluded.

The bomb threat incident has also impacted the official duties of President Dr. ED Mnangagwa, who was scheduled to address a meeting in the prime resort city of Victoria Falls. As a precaution, the President has suspended his trip to allow for the ongoing investigations.

Immediate Security Response

Following the bomb threat, Zimbabwe’s security agencies swiftly mobilized to enhance security protocols at all major airports, including the Victoria Falls International Airport. Flights were diverted, and comprehensive searches were conducted to ensure the safety of passengers and airport infrastructure.

Ongoing Investigation

Authorities are actively working to trace the origin of the threatening email and assess the credibility of the claims made by “John Doe”. Security experts are analyzing communication patterns and digital footprints in an effort to identify and apprehend the individual(s) responsible for this act of intimidation.

Public and International Reactions

The bomb threat has garnered attention both domestically and internationally, with stakeholders in the aviation and tourism sectors closely monitoring the situation. The international community has expressed solidarity with Zimbabwe, offering support to bolster security measures and counter-terrorism efforts in the region.

In the wake of this incident, Zimbabwean officials have reiterated their commitment to maintaining the country’s reputation as a safe and secure destination for travelers. Efforts to reassure the public and international partners are underway, emphasizing the swift and comprehensive response to the threat.

Source: BNN