Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Armed SAS troops are posing as beggars and road sweepers in UK cities amid fears of more terror attacks
With fears of more terror attacks still gripping Britain, SAS troops have taken to our streets in a bid to prevent any further bloodshed.
Special forces soldiers armed with Heckler and Koch MP7 are disguised as beggars and road sweepers at key at key positions in cities and poised to strike at a moment’s notice.
It is hoped the troops can stop any repeat of the London Bridge or Manchester attacks or at least try to restrict casualties.
One source said: “The view is there are so many homeless people out there undercover operators will remain safe and anonymous.
“Anyone trying to pick on them would be extremely foolish and the public should feel reassured that a lot is being done to minimise the effect of another attack.”
A military source added: “The armed units have been deployed for some time now and it is unlikely the operation will be brought to a halt.
“The threat level is still assessed by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre as severe and that means an attack is highly likely so we must be ready.
"These soldiers provide a very good layer of immediate response at least to minimise casualties or stop injuries or deaths if they react quickly.
"The operation is police-led but the director of special forces is kept in touch with developments and is in touch with his men at all times.”
SAS soldiers from the regiment’s G-Squadron and Counter Revolutionary Warfare Wing have been drafted in for the operation.
They were deployed alongside police from the Counter Terrorist Firearms Officer unit when the terror threat level went to “critical” after the Manchester attack when Salman Adebi killed 23 people, including seven children, at an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester.
The troops and police are stationed around transport hubs and in shopping centres.
They are fed by comrades dressed as members of the public who on rotation pass by and drop take-aways and drinks for them to keep up the pretence.
As well as carrying the MP7 rifle the troopers and police officers also have an emergency medical kit to help victims of an attack.
The police-led drive was inspired by previous armed operations such as the Millennium Dome robbery in East London which was smashed by officers who used undercover observation posts.
SAS troops in the past have helped in large-scale surveillance operations, joining forces with MI5 and the police.
But in this latest role they are there specifically to open fire on terrorists targeting civilians.
Ordinary police units are either told to avoid areas where there are undercover teams or they steer clear of them if they are nearby.
An MoD spokesman said: “We do not comment on matters relating to special forces.”