Beijing Police anti-terror drill to tackle Mumbai-style attack

December 15th, 2008 - 6:12 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): Beijing police conducted an anti-terror drill at a local hotel to boost response capabilities against Mumbai-style militant attacks.

Members of the Beijing Special Armed Police Unit dropped on Saturday from helicopters and broke through windows to rescue hostages in the hotel, Xinhua reported.

They then shot swaying eggs targets 15 m away and did it within 1.5 seconds to practice shooting terrorists, Xiao Yong, the head of the unit said.

The drill was aimed at preventing terrorist attacks, especially after the Mumbai attack, which had definite targets and careful planning.

Gunmen in Mumbai killed 179 people in a series of raids on targets, including luxury hotels. Chinas security experts have closely examined the way in which the Mumbai terrorists had attacked different sites using different methods.

The weekends police exercises focused on saving hostages and overpowering gunmen, Xiao said.

China and India held an anti-terrorism joint Army exercise last week in a show of cooperation between Asias two biggest nations.

On Thursday, Chinas top police officer asked for tightened anti-terrorism measures in the wake of the attacks in Mumbai, while Chinese and Indian troops continued their anti-terror drills. (ANI)

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