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2021-11-19

Inter-departmental counter-terrorism exercise "TIGERPACE" smoothly concluded

On 2021-11-19, the Inter-departmental Counter Terrorism Unit (ICTU) coordinated a counter-terrorism (CT) exercise codenamed "TIGERPACE" at the Hong Kong West Kowloon Station.


About 300 officers from ICTU's member departments participated in the exercise. The Government Laboratory and the MTR Corporation also provided full support and assistance, which contributed to the smooth conclusion of the exercise.


The exercise comprised two parts. The first part simulated the interception of two members of a terrorist cell, who attempted to launch attacks in Hong Kong, at the Arrival and Departure Hall of the West Kowloon Station respectively. The second part simulated the pursuit of a wanted vehicle of the cell in Tai Kok Tsui area and an operation against two remaining members who conduct attacks with firearms and a Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear (CBRN) device at the Green Plaza outside the West Kowloon Station.


Through this exercise, ICTU aimed to test and enhance departments' capabilities in dealing with terrorism-related intelligence and responding to different forms of terrorist attacks, as well as to demonstrate the importance of concerted efforts and coordination by all stakeholders on CT work.


ICTU also took this opportunity to promote the CT message of "Spot and Report" among the general public. Drawing from foreign countries' experiences in stopping terrorist attacks, in particular self-radicalised lone-wolf attacks, tragedy could often be avoided if the local communities could timely provide useful information to the law enforcement agencies. When members of the public come across suspicious person or incident, or any suspected terrorist activities in their daily life and work, they should immediately report the case through available means.


ICTU will continue to step up public education and publicity work, call on the assistance of the whole community to counter terrorism and ensure the safety of Hong Kong.


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