The Czech Republic held on Tuesday its largest ever anti-terrorist exercise in the Congress Centre, with the participation of police rapid reaction unit, firefighters and rescuers.
The operation, entitled DEMON 2018, simulated 40 armed people taking around 2,000 audience members at a musical show hostage and killing five of them. The gunmen demanded their fellows be released from prison, otherwise they refuse to negotiate with the police.
Czech rapid reaction unit launched a raid with the aim to set the hostages free around 10:00 in the morning, and helicopters circled around the building. The Congress Centre and its nearby surroundings were closed roughly until 13:00.
The preparation of the training lasted for half a year.
Interior Minister Jan Hamacek (CSSD) observed the drill, and the police borrowed a helicopter from the army for the purpose.