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September 19, 2006

An EU anti-terror exercise in Denmark

Filed under: International HLS — by Christian Beckner on September 19, 2006

Defense News has a story today that describes an anti-terror exercise that is taking place this week in Denmark:

The Danish government launched its first anti-terror exercise on behalf of the European Union on Sept. 18, a multiple-event scenario that brings together 300 experts on weapons of mass destruction and civil emergency responders from seven EU countries — Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovenia and Sweden.

Codenamed EU DANEX, the five-day exercise is structured around this scenario: An extremist group plans to take advantage of the chaos produced by a severe storm over Denmark and southern Sweden to set off explosive devices in both countries. The simulated bombs are targeted against the region’s critical infrastructure to create mass panic.

Participants in the exercise will have to deal with attacks on an ammonia storage facility, the release of a chemical warfare agent in a command center, and the explosion in an urban area of a so-called dirty bomb containing radioactive material. Additional explosive devices will cause fire and leaks at a natural gas hub.

You can find more information on the exercise at its website. Notably, they’ve also created a blog as part of the exercise in order to provide information about its progress.

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