U.K. launches largest security operation in peacetime Britain
Israeli officials have warned that an Iranian terror squad in Europe may be planning to attack its athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games, sparking the largest security operation in peacetime Britain.
According to a report, more than 17,000 troops and 7,000 private security guards will secure the Olympic Park and 26 other venues, and an additional 12,500 police will be deployed to patrol London’s streets in a “series of ‘rings of steel.'”
Moreover “panic rooms have been installed beneath the stadium as a haven for VIPs and spectators in the event of an attack.”
MI5 and New Scotland Yard are reportedly thought to have raised their threat assessment in light of the terrorist attack in Bulgaria on Wednesday that killed 5 Israelis, the bus driver and a suicide bomber. In addition, the Israeli government has dispatched agents from the Shin Bet and Mossad to protect its 38-strong delegation.
The Mossad, “is hunting a group of white Europeans who are thought to have converted to Islam and to be working with the Iranian Quds force and Hezbollah, the terrorist group backed by Tehran.
“One of the Israelis’ targets is thought to be a terrorist carrying a US passport under the name of David Jefferson, who is believed to have fled after the Burgas attack” and “is thought to have another powerful device” like that used in last week’s bombing, said the report.