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Australia stages mock terror attack

Australia has embarked on its largest counter-terrorism exercise, staging a mock bomb attack on the prime minister’s car and an oil rig takeover as the government plans a review to boost security at ports. Police, defence and intelligence officials from four of Australia’s eight states and territories were taking part in the five-day exercise which involves responding to various crises and testing new chemical, biological and radiological equipment. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said the exercise, codenamed “Mercury ’04” and 18 months in the planning, would test the ability of national agencies to communicate with each other and respond to long-distance terror incidents. Full Story

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