MI5 warns of terror attacks on spectators,athletes during Olympics

British intelligence has warned govt that terrorists could target Olympic venues outside London.

Written by Agencies | London | Published: March 22, 2012 9:29:54 am

British intelligence agency MI5 has warned the cabinet in a brief meeting that terrorists could target Olympic venues outside London in a plan to attack spectators and athletes at this summer’s London Olympic games.

The head of MI5 took the rare step of briefing the whole Cabinet on the terrorism threat to the United Kingdom in the run up to the Olympics.

Theresa May,Home Secretary also updated colleagues on legislative efforts to address the threat from terrorism.

Senior security officials in the country are worried that other sites around the country could also become targets of the terrorists during the games.

Olympic and Paralympic rowing events will take place at Eton Dorney,near Windsor Castle,25 miles west of the capital,road cycling will be held at Brands Hatch racing circuit in Kent,while sailing events will be based in Weymouth.

Other venues include stadiums in Newcastle,Coventry,Cardiff,and Manchester,The Telegraph reports.

During a 40-minute meeting in Parliament yesterday,the MI5 director-general,Jonathan Evans,briefed Cabinet ministers on the threats facing the country in the period leading up to the Games.

It is thought to be the first time that Evans has addressed a full meeting of the Prime Minister senior team.

However,Downing Street played down the meeting,describing Evans’s briefing as a ‘routine’ update.

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