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Surface-to-air missiles to be mounted atop London building

United Kingdom,Defence/Security, Sun, 29 Apr 2012 IANS

London, April 29 (IANS) Surface-to-air missiles may be mounted atop at least one block of flats in London during the upcoming Olympics, a media report said Sunday.


According to the Daily Express, the ministry of defence was forced to confirm the plans - that include positioning troops and air defence missiles - on top of a building, after a resident revealed he had received a leaflet about it.


"They are going to have a test run next week, putting high velocity missiles on the roof just above our apartment and they're stationing police and military in the tower for two months. We have a ministry of defence leaflet saying the building is the only suitable place in the area," said Brian Whelan, a 28-year-old journalist.


The ministry said if the test run was a success, -missiles would be deployed at sites around London, to protect the skies during the Olympics.


Whelan said the missiles and the 10-strong team of soldiers -stationed at the private, gated building in Bow, East London, could make it a target for terrorists.


The air defence systems "could be deployed as part of a multi-layered air -security plan for the Olympics, including fast jets and helicopters, which will protect the skies over London during the Games", a ministry spokesman said.


He, however, said no final decision has been taken on the deployment of missiles.


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