Explosions and chemical gas 'attack' at Sports Hub part of terror exercise

Explosions and chemical gas 'attack' at Sports Hub part of terror exercise
About 600 officers from the national agencies were activated in this exercise to "respond to the mock attacks". Personnel included those from the Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Armed Forces.

SINGAPORE - Two vehicles parked outside the Singapore Sports Hub exploded slightly after noon in a mock terror attack. Shortly after, a chemical agent was released inside the stadium while a sporting event took place.

Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to the "chemical attack" by deploying its Hazmat Control Vehicle and Mobile Transporters and putting them to the test for the first time, Channel NewsAsia reported.

The stadium was also found to have unexploded improvised explosive devices. Upon evacuation, those who ran towards Kallang Wave Mall for safety soon found themselves facing four gunmen on a shooting spree.

Despite the "chaos" that ensued, members of the public can be assured to know that this was part of Exercise Northstar, a terror attack simulation to test the readiness of national agencies in responding to major emergencies in Singapore.

The exercise started at 12.30pm today and is expected to end at 3pm.

About 600 officers from the national agencies were activated in this exercise to "respond to the mock attacks". Personnel included those from the SCDF, Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).

The officers helped to evacuate the stadium spectators, extinguished fires and arrested the "terrorists".

This is the first year 1,300 volunteers participated as evacuees, with some aiding in the evacuation efforts.

SCDF also extended their thanks to student volunteers on their Facebook page: "We had students from the Beauty and Spa Management course in ITE College East to help us make the casualties look more realistic."

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and other members of the cabinet were on site to observe the exercise.

debwong@sph.com.sg

Here are some of SCDF's Facebook updates:

 

Part of today's exercise simulation involves casualty moulage, in order to enhance the exercise experience for our...

Posted by Singapore Civil Defence Force on Friday, May 8, 2015
 

[Exercise]: 2 explosions rocked the vicinity as car bombs went off at the vehicle screening checkpoint, killing and...

Posted by Singapore Civil Defence Force on Friday, May 8, 2015
 

[Exercise]: Officers from SPF stormed Kallang Wave Mall, where a group of gunmen went on a shooting spree injuring dozens of shoppers. #ExNS9

Posted by Singapore Civil Defence Force on Friday, May 8, 2015
 

Exercise Northstar 9 was conducted at Singapore Sports Hub, Kallang Wave Mall and Stadium MRT station earlier today....

Posted by Singapore Civil Defence Force on Friday, May 8, 2015

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