Taipei to stage anti-terror drill on bus system

The China Post
Date: December 9, 2015

TAIPEI–In the wake of a series of terrorist attacks in Paris, operators of the Taipei Joint Bus System and the Taipei City Police Department are scheduled to stage an anti-terrorism drill simulating an attack on the bus system Dec. 18, an operator said Tuesday.

The drill will include simulations of trying to placate passengers, negotiating with terrorists and carrying out a counter-terrorism raid aimed at strengthening police and personnel training and increasing public awareness of terrorism, according to Hung Tsang-lang, the head of Metropolitan Transport Corp.

The routine drill is gaining extra attention amid fears that Taiwan could become a target of the Islamic State, a radical Islamist group also known as ISIS or ISIL, after the country’s national flag appeared Nov. 24 in a propaganda video titled “No Respite.” The Taiwan national flag was among the banners of 60 countries that appeared in the video and was displayed next to the U.S. flag.

Awareness of anti-terrorism measures in Taiwan was heightened after U.S. President Barack Obama named Taiwan as part of an Asia-Pacific coalition against ISIS during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) East Asia summit in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 22.     [FULL  STORY]

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