Greek Police have been training for terrorist hits like the bloody Paris attacks that took place on Friday night.
According to the Greek Police, the scenario of the exercise was that “jihadists of the Islamic Chalifate invade a Greek ministry, a tax office, a bank, a theater, a football stadium, a park, or a central square in Athens, holding hundreds of hostages.”
Policemen were called to simulate their response. So far 20 police officers have been trained in negotiating techniques to deal specifically with jihadists, under the guidance of four experienced Scotland Yard officers who have dealt with incidents involving Islamic State terrorists.
The purpose of the training was also the drafting of a manual for the management of terrorist attacks by police, based on actual incidents.
The methodology on the manual is the similar to the one used to full extent by French authorities to counteract Islamist Amed Koulimpali. Koulimpali was the man who held hostages at the Jewish Grocery at Port de Vincennes in Paris, January 9, 2015, resulting in the death of four hostages and the offender during the police intervention.
European Union police authorities and Greek officials said the reason Greece has never suffered similar terrorist attacks is the leniency of immigration policy and the good treatment of illegal immigrants.
“There is no negotiating with jihadist perpetrators. You just buy time in order for the special forces to be better prepared for the neutralizing operation with the smallest possible losses. They are determined to the deadly end, for the hostages and themselves. The most you can achieve is the release of 1-2 hostages, and that is only because they want to buy time as well and gain bigger exposure of their act,” said an officer who participated in the program.
“These are not ideologues, political or religious terrorists, but people whose sole purpose is to spread terror with their action, and the only solution is their neutralization with the least cost in human lives.” he added.
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