SAS on alert for UK Bank Holiday terror attacks after ‘gathering high-level intelligence’

Sunday, August 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE SAS is on standby after the force received high-level intelligence about a planned Bank Holiday terror strike by Islamic State (ISIS) jihadis next weekend.

Sun, Aug 20, 2017

Police hope to use a face recognition system to spot suspects as thousands fill the streets for the Notting Hill Carnival next weekend.

They are also considering placing concrete and metal barriers around the carnival area for the first time to protect attendees.

Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow all have big events planned while airports are also expected to be busy as millions return from summer breaks.

A senior source said: “Intelligence in stopping attacks is paramount and it is the public who often report something that makes a major difference.”

Extremists have been observed for weeks and their mobile communications have highlighted their planned movements, it has been reported.

Army units, from bomb disposal to medics, are on permanent high alert to provide “civil support” as part of a plan called Operation Temperer.

Military chiefs have also uncovered that a specialist unit ready to support the Counter Terror Command has been undergoing special training.

The soldiers, from the Special Forces Support Group, have been practicing live firing training using ordinary cars in preparation for their role, according to the Daily Star.

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