Saturday 23 September 2017

'Terrorists' stopped in their tracks as gardai put through emergency drill

A simulated terrorist attack at Spencer Dock train station, Dublin Photo: Mark Condren
A simulated terrorist attack at Spencer Dock train station, Dublin Photo: Mark Condren

Ryan Nugent

Specialist Garda units carried out a simulated anti-terror operation in central Dublin.

The exercise involved attackers targeting people at the Docklands railway station before taking hostages on a train.

Another scene from the exercise Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Another scene from the exercise Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The operation was partly designed to measure response times for elite Garda units and involved officers reacting to victims of knife attacks and confronting armed terrorists.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan insisted that the likelihood of an attack in Ireland is low, but said the force would be naive not to be prepared, given the acts of terror that have taken place in the UK, in particular, in recent months.

She said the ASU (Armed Support Unit) will be in place in all regions across the country by the end of the year.

The simulation took place shortly after 11am, when two men in a black van sped up Sheriff Street Upper, before crashing, knocking down a woman and moving towards the station.

The exercise involved attackers targeting people at the station before taking hostages on a train Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The exercise involved attackers targeting people at the station before taking hostages on a train Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The two men - one wielding a large knife and the other with a gun - proceeded to slit the throats of two women at the bridge by the station who had made a call to gardaí.

Local gardaí from the nearby Store Street station arrived on the scene inside a minute of the phone call, with the ASU arriving in just over three minutes.

Members of the Garda Armed Support Unit (ASU) Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Members of the Garda Armed Support Unit (ASU) Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at the exercise Photo: Collins
Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan at the exercise Photo: Collins
Another scene from the anti-terror exercise Photo: Mark Condren
Another scene from the anti-terror exercise Photo: Mark Condren

Irish Independent

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