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Mock terror attack staged in Scotland to test emergency services
By James Matthews, Scotland Correspondent
A joint counter-terrorism exercise to enhance cross-border co-operation in the fight against terror has been launched by police forces in Scotland and England.
A mock attack has been staged at the Royal Bank Headquarters in Edinburgh, in which "terrorists" drove a truck into a building.
They then used knives and automatic weapons to "inflict" mass casualties.
The three-day training exercise, codenamed Operation Border Reiver, is designed to test the response of the police and emergency services.
It will last until 5 October, extending to other sites and properties in Scotland and the North East of England.
About 100 volunteers, posing as casualties, lay sprawled around the grounds of RBS near Edinburgh Airport following the mock attack. They were treated by ambulance crews carrying shields and wearing body armour.
The scenario involved a truck being driven into a building (represented by a tent) and the "terrorists" then shooting and stabbing people in the vicinity.
As armed police officers arrived on the scene, the "terrorists" retreated inside a building containing members of the public.
Groups of firearms officers laid siege to the building and the noise of gunfire and explosions rang out as the situation developed.