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Pictures: Gardaí and Defence Forces carry out dramatic terror training at Shannon Airport

It involved a number of Garda units.

TERROR ATTACK SHANNON 758A8255_90540195 "Attackers" in Shannon Airport. Source: Eamonn Farrell/

GARDAÍ AND MEMBERS of the Defence Forces today carried out a bilateral training exercise at Shannon Airport.

TERROR ATTACK SHANNON 758A8439_90540200 Source: Eamonn Farrell/

The focus of the exercise was to examine the response to a simulated major armed incident by local gardaí, Garda operational and strategic command personnel, ERU (Emergency Response Unit), ASU (Regional Armed Support Unit) and the Garda Air Support Unit.

SHANNON TERROR ATTACK 758A8364_90540212 Source: Eamonn Farrell/

SHANNON TERROR ATTACK 758A8590_90540222 Source: Eamonn Farrell/

The exercises also included the Defence Forces tri-service assets including Army perimeter security and EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), the Naval Service and Air Corps assets and Shannon Airport Police personnel.

SHANNON TERROR ATTACK  758A8722_90540220 Source: Eamonn Farrell

Gardaí say the objective of the exercise was to test the responses and interoperability of agencies in support of the gardaí, who hold primary responsibility in such cases.

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