The police force in charge of security at Delhi’s main airport has denied reports that people have been shot and injured there.
Police are investigating “two sharp sounds that were heard at the airport”, the force told the BBC’s Delhi bureau.
Earlier, airport officials told the BBC shots had been fired, and that several gunmen had been killed or injured.
Security has been strengthened at Indian airports after warnings of possible attacks.
Indian media reported that operations at Delhi’s main international airport appeared to have returned to normal after security forces examined the terminal after the security alert.
Tensions have been high in India since last week when at least 10 gunmen went on a shooting spree in Mumbai, killing nearly 200 people.
Indian officials have blamed Pakistan-based militants for the Mumbai attacks.
An Indian paramilitary official stands guard at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on December 4. India has put all of its major airports on high alert following warnings of possible attacks using hijacked airlines, officials have said.(AFP/Manan Vatsyayana)
Airports in India went on high alert Thursday following fresh attack warnings as officials said India suspects two senior leaders of a banned Pakistani militant group orchestrated the deadly Mumbai attacks.
The alert came as Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari promised the U.S. secretary of state his country would take “strong action” against any elements in Pakistan involved in last week’s siege.
By RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM, Associated Press Writer
The new alert that warned of possible airborne attacks focused on three major airports — New Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai — but security was stepped up across India. No details about the threat were released.
“This is a warning which we have received. We are prepared as usual,” India’s air force chief, Fali Homi Major, told reporters.
The British Broadcasting Corp. cited unconfirmed reports from airport officials as saying late Thursday that up to six gunmen had been shot and killed at New Delhi’s international airport. But Indian police told The Associated Press there was a minor incident and no deaths. “It was not a terrorist incident. No one was killed,” said police spokesman Rajan Bhagat. He gave no further details.
Heavily armed guards from India’s Rapid Deployment Force manned roadblocks outside airports, while others patrolled inside airport buildings among passengers.