THE suspected terror attack on a solider in Woolwich has forced a security review at White City Territorial Army barracks, which suffered its own tragedy 12 years ago.
In a statement, an army spokesperson confirmed yesterday's atrocity in which a soldier was hacked to death by two men has prompted heightened security at all London barracks.
"Security is something the Army takes very seriously, and we have taken steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are in place for the protection of personnel and Army establishments," as spokeswoman said.
Yesterday's attack, which is being treated as a terrorist act, brought back memories of a torch bomb outside the White City barracks in South Africa Road in February 2001 in which a 14-year-old boy was blinded.
Stephen Menary also lost a hand in the attack, which is thought to have been carried out by dissident group the Real IRA, although it never claimed responsibility.
The package. which had been left outside the entrance of the barracks, was disguised as a hand-held torch and it exploded when the victim tried to turn it on when he got inside. It caused him catastrophic injuries and he was rushed to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
The attack came at the height of the Real IRA bombing campaign in mainland Britain, which targeted west London on several occasions.
In 2000 there was an attempt to blow up Hammersmith Bridge when a package was left underneath the span on the Barnes side.
And the following year, in March, a car bomb was detonated at BBC Television Centre, which miraculously caused no deaths.
In August 2001, seven people were injured in another car explosion in Ealing Broadway.
Five men were jailed for the attacks for between 16-22 years in 2003.