MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A total of 360 soldiers are taking part in the Getex drills, Der Spiegel magazine reported.
The servicemen and police officers are training response to a number of scenarios such as shooting and bombing threat at the Munich railway station, attach of amok man armed with an assault rifle on a school in Bremen, deadly explosion at the Dusseldorf airport and pursuit of a truck in Hamburg.
The Bundeswehr has joined Germany’s police forces to conduct three days of exercises to prepare for the event of multiple simultaneousterror attacks across the country.
Short for Gemeinsame Terrorismusabwehr-Exercise (Joint Terrorism-Defense Exercise), the GETEX mission is the first of its kind in Germany and will involve operations in six states: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Bremen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland and Schleswig-Holstein.
Both state and federal police forces will be involved in the exercises, plus some 360 soldiers, though authorities were at pains to point out that people would not be seeing tanks and troops on the streets. The exercise mainly involves “practicing communication paths” for the control centers coordinating the operation, the Interior Ministry announced in a statement.
“Germany is in the target spectrum of international terrorism – we were recently forced to experience that in a horrible way before Christmas in Berlin,” the statement read. “An early and intensive preparation by the security forces is essential.”