Anti-terrorism operation simulated at library

On this otherwise tranquil sunny Friday Latvia’s newest flagship institution – the National Library (LNB) building – was locked down for the simulation of a terrorist attack and counterresponse by the Security Police (DP), which headed the training operation.

The National Armed Forces (NBS), State Police (VP), Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD), Medical Emergency Rescue Service (NMPD), Border Guard, General Prosecutor’s Office, as well as the LNB itself all took part in the joint operations coordinated under the DP.

Various material-technical resources were also deployed and tested out in the course of the training operations.

The LNB building is closed to the public today, however no traffic will be impacted by the drills, as city residents have gone about their nearby business or thru-commute undisturbed.

The Kurbads2014 anti-terrorism drill was planned from 2013 with the goal of testing the coordinated reaction ability of various state law enforcement and public safety agencies in the event of a terrorist attack upon a land-based object. Prior exercises had tested such simulated attacks upon sea- and civil aviation-based sites.

According to the DP such regular drills are essential despite low actual levels of terrorism threats. However, security will be considered a constant concern during Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, as the country hosts an ongoing series of high-level events at the LNB building from January to July 2015.

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