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Tuesday, 11 February, 2003, 15:53 GMT
In pictures: Army patrols Heathrow
More than 400 soldiers and armoured vehicles have joined police at Heathrow Airport to boost security amid concern over al-Qaeda attacks.

Army and police
Police fear the Muslim religious festival of Eid this week may trigger an attack on the capital

A total of 450 troops joined 1,000 extra police officers on duty at Heathrow on Tuesday
The troops will continue to be deployed at the airport as long as they are needed

There is a
Security was bolstered following intelligence reports, said Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir John Stevens

Troops patrol the airport perimeter
The heightened security is a precautionary measure and the public should not panic, said police

The last time the army was deployed at Heathrow was 1994
But scenes like these at the airport are unprecedented, said BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford

Troops from the First Battalion Grenadier Guards and the Household Cavalry Regiment are taking part in the patrols
The Home Office warned last November of the possibility of "devastating" terror attacks

Extra checkpoints have been set up at the airport
The operation at Heathrow is the most visible sign of security being stepped up in the capital


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