DEFENCE chiefs are ready to deploy 5,000 heavily-armed soldiers on Britain’s streets if the country comes under major terrorist attack.
The troops would be sent to cities if multiple attacks were launched on the UK by an extremist group, according to top secret plans accidentally posted online.
The soldiers would guard high-risk targets with armed police as Britain’s elite intelligence services hunted down those behind the attacks.
Such a deployment would be triggered by the emergency Cobra committee chaired by the Prime Minister.
The drastic plans were discussed at the highest levels of government amid fears of a Paris-style terror threat, where extremists launched a series of attacks starting with a mass shooting at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Minutes posted on the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) website also revealed that officials considered “raising the threat level to critical” – the highest level meaning an attack is imminent – in the wake of the Paris attacks.
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