Chinese troopers to get anti-terrorism training

February 18th, 2008 - 3:10 pm ICT by admin  


Beijing, Feb 18 (Xinhua) Chinese troops are to step up anti-terrorism training to ensure security during the Olympics in August, a military officer said. “This year poses a challenging test. We have scheduled massive training programmes before the Olympics to better prepare against any possible threat,” an officer from the General Staff Headquarters of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was quoted as saying.

The officer said the troops participating in Olympics security were focusing on biochemical and nuclear threats as well as emergency rescue operations.

He said the PLA Friday completed safety inspections of the Water Cube, the flagship Olympic venue for water events, in advance of the 16th Diving World Cup, which will take place Feb 19-24.

In June last year, the PLA established a security unit consisting of army, navy and air force personnel for the games.

The army is responsible for air protection of all venues and maritime safety of coastal venues and will mainly deal with non-traditional threats during the games, particularly biochemical and nuclear terror attacks.

It will also help the police and armed police forces prevent and deal with terror attacks as well as rescue operations in disaster or accident situations.

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