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Tokyo police hold anti-terror drill on expressway

  • February 16, 2018
  • , NHK , NHK WORLD 8:04 p.m.
  • English Press

Anti-terror drills were held on an expressway in Tokyo on Friday. They were based on an emergency situation where terrorists attack a bus during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

There were about 300 participants, including personnel from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department and the Metropolitan Expressway Public Corporation.

The drills were held on the Harumi route of the metropolitan expressway. It will open in March.

The details of the drill scenario were that terrorists, demanding the immediate cancellation of the games, hijack a bus on the route facing Tokyo Bay and take passengers hostage.

The drills involved using a special vehicle to dispose of a bag containing explosives, evacuating convoys of athletes and foreign VIPs, and a special assault team storming the bus to subdue the terrorists and rescue passengers.

Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department chief Naomasa Yoshida said it is a big challenge to hold the 2020 Games safely. He called for deepening cooperation between police and other organizations and making solid preparations.

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