Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Embassy Siege

On April 30, 1980, six armed Iranian gunmen stormed their embassy in London, taking 26 hostages, including Police Constable Trevor Lock, who was assigned embassy guard duty. Lock successfully concealed a handgun from the terrorists for the six days that the siege lasted, and explained away drilling sounds and bulging walls to cover the ongoing surveillance efforts, even while he was being used by the Iranians to relay messages to the law enforcement agencies gathered outside. When the SAS staged a daylight raid on the embassy on May 6th, Lock "rugby-tackled" the armed leader of the Iranian terrorists, saving the life of an SAS officer, and earning himself the George Medal.

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