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Fighter jets to patrol at World Cup; FOOTBALL.

FOOTBALL fans at the World Cup in South Africa will be protected by fighter jets, warships and 39 army helicopters.

It was also revealed yesterday that there will be 44,000 frontline police officers as well as 27 separate teams of detectives. Plans to foil any terror plots include closing airspace above grounds - with military pilots being told to take down craft breaking the restrictions.

The navy will enforce a sea border 50 miles off the country's coast.

A defence spokesman said: "The security forces are confident of our ability to secure major events."

About 20,000 fans from England are due to visit South Africa for the tournament which begins in June. There will also be dozens of heads of state.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2010
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