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Drill puts terror fight in spotlight

Bahrain News
Thu, 07 Dec 2017
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Royal Guard Commander Brigadier Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa and Royal Guard Special Force Commander Major Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday attended the final stages of a two-day counter-terrorism drill “Haras Al Mamlaka 1” at Seef Mall.

Experts from the US, the UK and France attended the exercise held in co-ordination between the BDF, Interior Ministry and the National Guard.

The exercise aimed to reinforce joint military and security work to fight terrorism and safeguard the security of the nation.

Major Shaikh Khalid, Commander of “Haras Al Mamlaka 1”, said terrorism is a major concern for most countries.

He said the new concept of terrorism was developed after the September 11 attack, as those countries became aware of the importance of getting their forces ready to confront the new terrorism wave, as terrorist organisations developed their new and innovative methods.

He highlighted the dedication of developed countries to fight all forms of terrorism through international legal framework.

“Therefore Bahrain strives to benefit from the expertise of those countries, such as the US, UK and France and set legislation and legal procedures that meet international standards and human rights in fighting terrorism,” Major Shaikh Khalid said.

Brigadier Shaikh Nasser saluted officers and personnel of participating forces for their professionalism in preparation and implementation of the exercise.

He also thanked the Public Prosecution for backing the forces through a series of legal procedures, and the management of Seef Mall for their co-operation.

He said if the counter-terrorism centre was approved, it would be a continuation of the joint exercise between all sectors.

There would be two annual exercises, one large held at commercial malls, schools or hospitals and the second one would be smaller, he said.

Participating forces demonstrated their skills during the exercise reflecting the level of preparedness and co-operation.

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