China stages anti-terror drill following Mumbai attacks

December 14th, 2008 - 6:34 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Dec 14 (Xinhua) The armed police in Beijing conducted an anti-terror drill Saturday to strengthen its preparedness against militant attacks like the one in Mumbai last Month that killed over 175 people, including several foreigners.”The drill was aimed at preventing terrorist attacks, especially after the Mumbai attack which had definite targets and careful plan,” said Xiao Yong, the head of Beijing Special Armed Police Unit (BSAPU).

“We noticed that the terrorists attacked different sites in Mumbai in different ways such as explosions, shooting, kidnapping and a gunfight with the police,” he said, adding that the Beijing drill was organised on a similar scenario where a group of terrorists rocked the city and kidnapped hostages at a hotel.

Members of the BSAPU used a helicopter and ropes to get 10 meters down to the ground within two seconds. They then shot targets of swaying eggs 15 meters away within 1.5 seconds to practice killing terrorists. After breaking through windows, police were able to rescue hostages.

“We have done thorough research on different kinds of attacks and made a complete and cohesive counter-terrorism plan.”

Members of the BSAPU are carefully selected and specially trained. They are each armed with a wide array of weapons and equipment worth more than 300,000 yuan ($43,795).

Founded in 2005, the unit arrests armed criminals, counters terrorism, conducts security checks and safeguards the land and air within Beijing

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