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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Greece to shoot terror planes

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posted on May, 29 2004 @ 04:18 AM
Greece has vowed to shoot down any aircraft trying to wreck the Olympics with a 11 September-style attack. Any such plane "won't reach its target," Public Order Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis told state television.

However, the minister said such action would only be taken if a plane refused to change course after being warned.

Nato Awacs surveillance planes are also to boost the massive security effort planned for the games, which are taking place in Athens 13-29 August.

It is feared the huge profile of the Olympics - the first summer Games to be held since the attacks on New York, Washington, Bali and Madrid - could make Athens a prime target for terrorists.

If a renegade plane, a plane that is not on its proper course over Greece, enters restricted airspace, and does not change course after being warned, it will not reach the Olympic stadium," Mr Voulgarakis said.

He was speaking after organisers unveiled their plans at a three-day security briefing for representatives of the 202 nations participating in the Olympics.

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