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'British police fear guerrilla strikes on G20 leaders'

British police are stepping up security for the next month’s G20 summit in London in the wake of intelligence reports that world leaders attending the meet could become the target of “guerrilla-style raids” by anti- globalisation groups, a leading newspaper has claimed.

world Updated: Mar 18, 2009 10:59 IST

British police are stepping up security for the next month’s G20 summit in London in the wake of intelligence reports that world leaders attending the meet could become the target of “guerrilla-style raids” by anti- globalisation groups, a leading newspaper has claimed.

According to ‘The Times´, the police have received intelligence inputs that violent protesters could well target the hotels and other buildings where the world leaders would be staying during the summit on April 2.

All police leave has been cancelled in London for the first two days of next month; thousands of uniformed officers will be on the streets to stop street protests and the number of close protection officers which will be stationed at each location has also been increased, the report said.

However, the police are confident that they can protect the summit venue, the ExCeL Centre, which is bordered by railway lines and docks and is close to an airport. “The protest groups are intent on causing as much disruption to the summit (as possible) but we think that a lot of their talk is aspirational rather than achievable,” an unnamed source said.

US President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, among others, are expected to attend the world summit.