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April 15, 2010

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Police officers must be armed with even more powerful weapons to deal with a Mumbai-style terrorist attack in the UK, a top officer said last night.

Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner John Yates said officers needed a huge boost to their firepower to combat an atrocity where the aim is to kill as many innocents as possible in a matter of minutes.

His comments reflect grave concerns that Britain may not be able to cope with a copy-cat attack and suggest moves toward the greater use of ‘heavy ballistic weapons’ including rapid-fire assault rifles and C9 Minimi machine guns, as used by the SAS, as well as more powerful bullets.

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