The police and special forces in London are reportedly preparing to deal with up to 10 simultaneous terror attacks in the city. The National Crime Agency has also been ordered to clamp down on the spread of firearms across London to prevent an occurrence of a similar terror attack that shook Paris in November last year.
“We used to plan for three simultaneous attacks but Paris has shown that you need to be ready for more than that,” a government minister was quoted as saying by the Sunday Times. “We are ready if someone tries with seven, eight, nine, ten.”
According to reports, the agency’s top bosses fear that the terrorists returning from Syria might try to carry out multiple attacks in the city.
It came as the Belgian police on Friday deliberately shot Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam, 26, in the knee during a raid in Brussels for attacking police officers in an earlier incident.
“It was a little present for wounding police officers,” investigation source was quoted by the Business Standard.
A gang of firearms smugglers from Eastern Europe appeared before the court for attempting to import 22 Czech-made assault rifles and nine sub-machine guns into Britain.
A spokesperson for the NCA said that concerns over terror attacks in the UK have escalated following a series of events in Europe, including the Paris attacks.
“The Metropolitan Police are the lead force in London, but we continue to work with our partners both nationally and internationally,” the Independent quoted her as saying.
The counterterrorist bomb disposal unit of the army is apparently building a team at a base in Didcot barracks in Oxfordshire that will be able to combat attacks with chemical and biological weapons. The SAS is also conducting a training in tackling improvised explosive devices that can be turned into weapons of mass destructions.