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Wednesday 17 October 2018

'Gunmen' killed and 'hostages' freed in terror training exercise

Gardaí and members of the Defence Forces take part in a major emergency training exercise at Shannon Airport. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Gardaí and members of the Defence Forces take part in a major emergency training exercise at Shannon Airport. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Pat Flynn

Shannon Airport was the stage for a major simulated multi-agency armed hostage incident.

Yesterday's exercise involved a simulated attack by a group of armed men and women, who attacked people as they left the airport.

The passengers were forced back inside the terminal where the armed gang attacked other people at the check-in desks.

A number of 'hostages' were taken to an upstairs room where they were held.

Rescue personnel entered the airport, shooting dead the terrorists and freeing hostages.

The event was designed to examine the response to a simulated major armed incident by local gardaí, Garda operational and strategic command personnel, the Emergency Response Unit, Regional Armed Support Unit and the Garda Air Support Unit.

Gardaí and the Defence Forces neutralised the threat posed by a group of ‘terrorists’ who had taken passengers hostage. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie
Gardaí and the Defence Forces neutralised the threat posed by a group of ‘terrorists’ who had taken passengers hostage. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

The rescuers included Army, Naval Service and Air Corps members, as well as Shannon Airport Police.

A Garda spokesman said: "The objective of the exercise was to test the responses and interoperability of agencies in support of An Garda Síochána, who hold primary responsibility in such cases."

Irish Independent

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