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China holds anti-terror drill after Mumbai attacks

Armed police conducted an anti-terror drill at a hotel in Beijing on Saturday to boost its response capabilities against Mumbai-style militant attacks.

The scenario was that a group of terrorists rocked the city with a series of explosions and kidnapped hostages at the hotel.

Members of the Beijing Special Armed Police Unit (BSAPU) used a helicopter and ropes to get 10 meters down to the ground within two seconds. They then shot targets of swaying eggs 15 meters away within 1.5 seconds to practice killing terrorists. After breaking through windows, police were able to rescue hostages.


Members of the Beijing Special Armed Police Unit take part in an anti-terrorist drill in Beijing, December 13, 2008. [Xinhua]

"The drill was aimed at preventing terrorist attacks, especially after the Mumbai attack which had definite targets and careful plan. We noticed that the terrorists attacked different sites of the city in different ways such as explosions, shooting, kidnapping and a gunfight with the police," said Xiao Yong, the head of the unit.

"We have done thorough research on different kinds of attacks and made a complete and cohesive counter-terrorism plan."

Members of the BSAPU are carefully selected and specially trained. They are each armed with a wide array of weapons and equipment worth more than 300,000 yuan (US$43,795).

Founded in 2005, the unit arrests armed criminals, counters terrorism, conducts security checks and safeguards the land and air within Beijing.

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