Poison drones new threat to 2012 Olympic Games

  • IANS, London London
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  • Updated: May 06, 2012 22:46 IST

A handout picture obtained from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) shows a finished London 2012 Olympic torch at the manufacturing facilities in Coventry in Central England. (AFP Photo/Dave Tully)

Unmanned drones carrying deadly poison could be used in a terrorist attack during the Olympic Games, a senior army officer has warned.

Lieutenant Colonel Brian Fahy delivered the grim warning at a meeting intended to allay the fears of residents worried about the army’s plans to place missiles on the rooftops of flats, Daily Mail reported.

He said it was "feasible" that remote-controlled aircraft filled with poison and small enough to fit into a backpack could be used as a biological weapon in London.

He told The Mail on Sunday: "An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can be put in a backpack. They come in all sorts of sizes and it’s feasible they could be filled with something noxious and flown by remote-control."

Lt. Col. Fahy, the officer responsible for community relations during the Games, made his remarks Friday in East London near one of six sites which could see the deployment of surface-to-air missile batteries in order to shoot down aircraft attempting to infiltrate an Olympic "No Fly" zone, the newspaper added.


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