‘Injured’ volunteers treated as anti-terrorist police swarm on Canary Wharf in bomb and car attack training exercise
PUBLISHED: 10:57 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:57 15 January 2018
Anti-terrorist police and emergency services converged on cordoned off streets around Canary Wharf to tackle what appeared to be a major incident.
Officers had to deal with “a car that crashed into pedestrians and a bomb” as part of yesterday’s realistic counter-terrorism training drill.
Scores of officers joined fire crew and paramedics treating people who seems to have serious injuries—all volunteers posing as terrorist victims.
The emergency services used 150 actors and officers, taking over the heart of Canary Wharf’s banking and business district to test their response against a jihadi attack.
They were greeted by the sight of an overturned car and innocent casualties strewn around the road in a cordoned-off area.
A controlled explosion had been let off to simulate a homemade bomb.
“The live incident has started,” the Met’s Tower Hamlets division tweeted. “Our emergency services have been tested on dealing with a major incident. Lots of learning gained by all.”
It is one of a serious of dry-run exercises over the past two years which have been taking place in shopping centres and major public areas to keep the police sharp in the event of a real attack.
This latest exercise follows a year of terrorist attacks in Britain in the past 12 months, including the attack at Borough Market near London Bridge in June and the earlier attack when a van that ploughed into pedestrians at Westminster Bridge.
A van left the road the London Bridge attack which crashed into pedestrians, with three men inside then running to nearby Borough Market where they began a stabbing frenzy targeting innocent bystanders around restaurants and pubs.
Eight people were killed and 48 injured, including four unarmed police officers who tried to stop the terrorists. The attackers wearing fake explosive vests were later shot dead by police.
The incident was three months after five people were killed in a similar vehicle-ramming attack in Westminster by the Houses of Parliament and two weeks after a bombing in Manchester killed 22.
Yesterday’s exercise was the second in two years at Canary Wharf, a sensitive area since the IRA Semtex bombing of the Midland Bank HQ in 1996 in which two men were killed and more than 50 people injured.