Top terror target: Rarely seen elite anti-terror unit secured PM Netanyahu’s visit to London
The Met’s hardly ever seen specialist anti-terror unit had been seen on the streets of London guarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Counter-Terrorism Specialist Firearms Officers – dubbed C-men – were unveiled in 2016 as part of Britain’s strategy to combat Muslim terrorists after a wave of attacks in Europe.
Ten C-men armed with ballistic shields and semi-automatic rifles protected PM Netanyahu as he met Boris Johnson at Downing Street to discuss Iran’s attempts to acquire nuclear weapons.
The brand new officers are masked to defend their identity from terrorists, and often closely armed with pistols and semi-automatic SIG Carbine rifles.
During the brief half-hour meeting between the two leaders, Johnson and Netanyahu agreed on the need to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, Downing Street said.
“Both prime ministers agreed on the need to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and stop wider destabilizing Iranian behavior. The Prime Minister stressed the need for dialogue and a diplomatic solution,” a Downing Street spokeswoman said.