London apartment block to host missiles for Olympics

LONDON - Residents of a London apartment block have been told that surface-to-air missiles were likely to be installed on the building to help combat airborne terror threats to the Olympic Games.

"A high-velocity missile system may be situated on the roof" and 10 soldiers stationed in the building for two months for the Games, which start on July 27, according to a leaflet distributed to residents.

The Ministry of Defence confirmed last Saturday it was scouting locations as Britain prepares to mount its biggest peacetime security operation for the Olympics.

"Ground-based air-defence systems could be deployed as part of a multi-layered air-security plan for the Olympics, including fast jets and helicopters," a spokesman for the ministry said in a statement.

The leaflet to residents of the apartment block said their building was chosen due to its "excellent view of the surrounding area and the entire sky above the Olympic Park".

It assured residents that the missiles would be used only in the event of "specific orders from the highest levels of government in response to a confirmed and extreme security threat".

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