DC Launches Mass Transit Terror Drill

Metro will be scene of simulated mass-casualty attacks
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2010 2:52 AM CST
A sign that reads 'Security Alert' is on display as Metro Rail riders depart a subway station in Washington, DC.    (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Commuters at one of Washington Metro's busiest stations are being met today by dozens of transit police officers and bomb specialists as part of the system's biggest-ever security drill. "There is no immediate or credible threat" to the Metro, a spokeswoman tells the Washington Post. "We want to stay a step ahead."

Today's operation will be followed by a series of drills in the coming weeks simulating mass-casualty attacks like the one on the London Underground in 2005 and in Mumbai in 2008. The Metro's newly beefed-up security teams include a 20-member anti-terrorism unit formed in January that conducts random patrols. "We want to be unpredictable and keep people off guard," said a transit police chief.

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