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US sniffer dog ‘Khan’ has its own passport
Mumbai, NOV 3 (AGENCIES):
Published on 4 Nov. 2010 12:51 AM IST
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The name’s Khan, MWD Khan. Short and agile, he sauntered into Mumbai airport’s international terminal around 12.15 pm on Tuesday. This was minutes after it had disembarked from a US Air Force Hercules C130 transport plane.
Just for the record, MWD Khan is a sniffer dog attached to the US commando unit assigned to protect US President Barack Obama during his Mumbai visit.
The German Shepherd of Belgian lineage holds a US passport, showing its name as MWD Khan. MWD is the acronym for ‘Military Working Dog’.
“Khan strode out of the airport, accompanied by his trainer,” said an eyewitness.
Sources said that the highly trained sniffer would spend the next few days close to where the US President will be housed. The dog enjoys all privileges that an army commando is entitled to.
Meanwhile, around 40 scrappy commandos in civilian clothes, including three female commandos, also alighted from the C130 and were cleared after their travel documents were verified.
The air force C130 was also carrying a huge quantity of assorted weapons and ammunition required to protect the US President.
“The quantity is huge. You can almost arm an army brigade with these weapons,” said a source.
Intelligence reports indicate that the highly trained Al-Qaida operatives are capable of carrying out suicide attacks from the land and sea.
The terror outfit has also managed to procure some deadly surface-to-surface missiles to carry out long-distance strikes.

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