UK Daily Mirror
Tuesday, Dec 22nd, 2009
Armed police are to routinely carry SAS assault rifles over fears of running gun battles in the streets with terrorists.
Nearly 250 extra Scotland Yard marksmen have been trained on the high velocity Heckler & Koch G36 giving a massive increase in firepower.
The 5.56mm calibre gun will be issued to all Armed Response Vehicles, after security chiefs warned there will not be time to scramble the SAS in a Mumbai-style assault on London.
Instead, Met marksmen, who patrol 24 hours a day, will be sent on what is “effectively a search and destroy mission”. Research on the Indian attacks last December, where Islamists with AK-47s killed 166 civilians, showed most victims in hotels died within 30 minutes of capture.
And police now believe it may be safer to storm a building immediately.
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This article was posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at 9:21 am