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UK ports ‘on terror attack standby’, says newspaper

[ June 23, 2014   //   ]

Terrorists are planning to hijack an oil tanker and use it in a suicide attack on a major UK port, the Daily Star Sunday newspaper reported on 22 June. A Home Office source is quoted as saying that it has received specific information of serious intent of a terrorist attack.

The paper says that 40 Special Boat Service personnel have been deployed at ports across the UK, working with specialists from the Special Reconnaissance Regiment to monitor maritime movements. Special forces teams, dressed in civilian clothes will work alongside port workers and others to avoid bringing attention to themselves. A second force of heavily-armed forces is on standby out of public view to intercept any threat, along with bomb disposal and Police anti-terrorist officers.

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