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Today's mock attack on an underground station in London.
Today's mock attack on an underground station in London.
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In pictures: London's terrorism attack exercise ahead of Olympics Games

A mock rail attack was staged at a disused station in London earlier today.
Feb 22nd 2012, 4:16 PM 3,315 11

AROUND 2,500 of London’s emergency service personnel have been involved in a major security exercise today ahead of the Olympic Games this summer.

A number of different training activities are being held today, and the disused Aldwych Tube station in Surrey Street staged a mock terrorist attack on an underground rail station.

The Metropolitan Police said that the test was carried out as though an attack occurred in August during the city’s hosting of the Games. It said that today’s exercise would focus on the tactical response on the ground.

“We need to be confident that we have the right people in the right places, that we understand how others operate and that we are talking to each other at the right levels and in the right way,” said Assistant Commissioner Chris Allison.

“This is part of series of exercises which we have run in the lead up to the Games, but this is the first with such a significant response from the emergency services on the ground.”

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