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German Army, Police to Stage First Ever Joint Anti-Terror Drills

Sputnik News

20:05 06.03.2017(updated 20:07 06.03.2017)

The first ever joint exercise to train cooperation between German police and military in anti-terror scenarios will begin in several states on Tuesday, the German Interior Ministry announced Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The three-day drills, called GETEX, will take place in command centers out of the public eye in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Bremen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein.

The goal is to sort out how police and army forces should coordinate joint actions in a worst-case scenario.

"Germany is a target of international terrorism. We experienced this in a terrible way in Berlin before Christmas. It is necessary that security forces start early and intensive preparations for terror attacks," the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Preparations for the exercise began last August after a string of ax, knife and bomb attacks by people of migrant descent across Germany that prompted Chancellor Angela Merkel to order tighter security measures.

The Berlin truck-ramming attack by a self-confessed jihadist added urgency to the issue, despite constitutional curbs that limit army deployment inside the country.

Sputnik



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