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Milan hit by simulated terror's test
www.chinaview.cn 2005-09-24 04:24:54

    ROME, Sept. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- Italy's northern city Milan's readiness to deal with terrorism was tested on Friday with the staging of multiple, simulated attacks, Italian media reported on Friday.

    The anti-terrorism drill - the biggest ever held in Italy - involved two simultaneous fake train blasts and a simulated attackon an airport bus complete with hostage-taking.

    More than 2,000 people took part in the exercises, which brought traffic in the city center to a standstill as police, firemen and medical and emergency staff rushed to the scenes of the attacks.

    Shops near the city center were closed and streets cordoned offand cleared of traffic as some 200 police cars and ambulances poured into the area and helicopters circled in the sky above.

    The Milan prefecture was in constant contact with the Italian Interior Ministry, which ordered the drills to test the responsiveness and efficiency of emergency services in the event of a real terrorist attack.

    Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu, who ordered the drills after the July terrorist attacks in London, said he was "very satisfied" with the way the city handled the simulated attacks.

    He praised all the police and emergency services involved for the "high level of coordination and operating efficiency shown".

    The minister confirmed that similar anti-terrorism drills would now be held in Rome, Naples and Turin. Enditem

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