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Dramatic Images And Video From Practice Terror Attack In London

Operation Strong Tower will play out over 24 hours.

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A huge counter-terrorism exercise is taking place in London that sees 1,000 police officers, soldiers, and members of the intelligence services test their response to a terrorist attack.

The exercise, codenamed Operation Strong Tower, began this morning. Police officers are playing the part of armed terrorists “attacking” members of the public, played by actors.

***THIS IS A TRAINING EXERCISE*** Simulated gun attack in central London to train emergency services

Firearms officers are also “exercising well-thought-through plans” to locate, contain, and confront the “terrorists”, the Metropolitan police said.

The exercise is set to play out over the next 24 hours.

Footage from the scene down at #Aldwych tube station #999Exercise - not a real incident https://t.co/XpwzlAwKC0

Police said the aim was to "test how senior decision-makers manage the impact of the incident on responding agencies, an ongoing fast paced counter-terrorism investigation and a range of issues that impact on life in the capital”.

The exercise comes just days after 38 people, including at least 21 Britons, were killed by a gunman in Tunisia.

"The reason we have exercises like today is because, obviously, we are concerned there are people planning terrorist events," the BBC quoted Met police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe as saying.

"We intend first of all to stop them from getting to attack. But should we not stop the terrorists in their planning, it's essential we disrupt them in any of the attacks that may take place."

Richard James is acting head of news for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

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