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Published: Tuesday, 8/16/2011

UK police say they foiled planned attacks on 2012 Olympic sites, shopping centers, in riots


LONDON — British police say they sent officers to the 2012 Olympic sites and major shopping centers during riots after intercepting phone and social network messages suggesting those areas were targets.

Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens of London’s Metropolitan Police told lawmakers that police sent extra officers to London’s Oxford Circus, two malls and the Olympic Park on Aug. 8 after seeing messages about those areas on Twitter and the BlackBerry devices of people who had been arrested for rioting.

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