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
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