China, Vietnam hold joint anti-terrorism drill

A joint anti-terrorism drill was held by Chinese and Vietnamese police Tuesday, in an effort to combat violent cross-border terrorism.

The drill started at 9:20 a.m. in southwest China’s Yunnan Province and northwest Vietnam’s Lao Cai Province. A total of 260 police officers from Honghe Prefecture in Yunnan and Lao Cai participated in the 80-minute drill.

The officers simulated several scenarios, including arresting nine terrorists, shooting one dead, arresting an illegal Vietnamese shipper, seizing five homemade explosives and a gun, and rescuing a hijacked ship, Chinese police said.

The drill is expected to boost the ability of the two sides to respond to terrorist attacks in the border area, police said.

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