Sunday, July 2, 2017

SIMULATION EXERCISE: 3 ‘terrorists’ who took over petrol truck killed

From the Mindanao Times (Jul 2): SIMULATION EXERCISE: 3 ‘terrorists’ who took over petrol truck killed

SECURITY forces in the city conducted a simulation exercise revolving around a scenario where a petroleum truck was commandeered by terrorists in Barangay Sasa, Buhangin District yesterday morning.

The suspects were intercepted at corner Roxas avenue and Padre Gomez street, where there was an exchange of gunfire between the terrorists and responding PNP personnel.
One of the suspected terrorists who died later was able to detonate an IED which resulted to the explosion of the truck and wounding of civilian and police personnel.

Three terrorists were killed in the scenario. Recovered were three M16 rifles and two Glock 9mm pistols. The 15 wounded were brought to the nearest hospital. The simulation exercise, which started at 9 a.m., ended at 10:30 a.m.
The activity was headed by Public Safety and Security Command Center, Davao City Police Office, Task Force Davao, Central 911, Bureau of Fire and Protection XI, National Intelligence Counter Agency, City Traffic and Transport Management office , Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and K9 team and Scene of the Crime Operatives.
In an interview, PSSCC chair Benito De Leon, said the exercise “is just a test on how could we response to any threat of terror.”
“The response time of our concerned agencies is okay, but we need to fine-tune some things so the response will even be quicker,” he said.

De Leon said the simulation is also part of the city’s readiness measure with the upcoming Kadayawan festival and the hosting of the Davao Region Athletic Association games.

Col. Erwin Bernard Neri, commander of Task Force Davao, also said the drill was meant to check the readiness and preparedness of all security forces in the city......

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