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Britain Mounts Major Security Operation

Wednesday, 12 September 2001 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Tony Blair summoned senior ministers, armed forces and security chiefs to review security measures initiated Tuesday soon after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon.

Soon after the meeting, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw scheduled talks in Brussels with foreign ministers from the other 14 members of the European Union who were called for an emergency review of security throughout the EU region.

The London Stock Exchange reopened to resume normal operations and most other markets also picked up business from where they left off when transactions were suspended Tuesday. But many other financial institutions, including U.S. institutions in London, remained closed or ran limited services.

The Bank of America office in the City financial district emptied of its 800 employees after a security alert. Several other offices also reported alerts and partial evacuations.

Straw said that as a close ally of the United States, Britain had to consider risks to its own security in the wake of the attacks in the United States.

All British and U.S. bases across the country are on red alert since Tuesday evening. Security at key government buildings was also very tight, with more officers visibly on duty.

New curbs restricting air traffic over London and other urban areas became effective Tuesday night as authorities coped with extra diverted flights including those turned back from the Atlantic after the U.S. closed its airspace.

The Foreign Office issued a warning to Britons overseas to be on alert for possible "heightened tension and disruption worldwide." It warned, "There may be demonstrations and violence, particularly in Muslim countries."

On Tuesday, Blair pledged that Britain would stand "shoulder-to-shoulder" with the United States in tracking down those responsible for the attacks. "We will not rest until this evil is driven from this world," he said.

"This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world today. It is perpetrated by fanatics who have no respect for the sanctity or value of human life and we, the democracies of this world, are going to have to come together to fight it together and eradicate this evil completely from our world."

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