US police drill prepares against 26/11 style attack

US police carried out a drill to prepare against attacks on the lines of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2010, 16:37 PM IST

New York: As the terror alert of an al
Qaeda backed attack in Europe remains, the New York police
carried out a drill to prepare against attacks on the
lines of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

The exercise was carried out yesterday in an area in
the Bronx borough of New York, which was set up to resemble
Manhattan`s financial district near Wall Street.

New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond W
Kelly, who attended the drill, said "This is what we do. We
think the unthinkable" as quoted by ABC News.

The drill simulated multiple bombs and shooters,
including a bomb under a vehicle, and police responded with
helicopters, dogs, automatic weapons and an armoured car, the
news channel said.

The NYPD has been considering ways to deal with a
26/11 styled attack since it occurred, according to NYPD
spokesperson Paul Brown, according to The New York Times.
In previous exercises, Browne pointed out that the
NYPD had learnt that even with 400 trained officials, its
Emergency Service Unit may not be enough if there was a
lengthy attack, which was spread out in different locations.

In the previous drill, officers of the Organised Crime
Control Bureau were given tactical training in the use of
heavy weapons, including automatic and semiautomatic machine
guns.

"A new policy of giving new recruits training to
familiarise them with such weapons, during their time in the
Police Academy, was also implemented as an outgrowth of the
post-Mumbai analysis," NYT said.

In the drill today, ABC described as one police radio
saying, "We`ve got some info...that the Empire State Building
might be next," one police radio said during the drill.

This was followed by cops with M4 rifles and M14
assault rifles hunting for snipers and assailants on the
streets.

"What we try to do is stress the system," Kelly said,
noting that it was the ninth exercise since the real attack in
November 2008.

Meanwhile, several intelligence sources in the US and
Europe are indicating of potential terrorist attacks in Europe
are possible in the near future.

Earlier this month, the US issued a warning for
Americans travelling to Europe about being vigilant of a
potential terrorist attack that could be executed by al Qaeda.

"Current information suggests that al Qaeda and
affiliated organisations continue to plan terrorist attacks,"
the alert said. European governments have taken action to
guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly
about the heightened threat conditions."

PTI

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