BSO leads response to simulated port terror attack
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The heavily armed gang of anti-government militants came to Port Everglades by boat intending to steal weapons and ammunition, but ended up in a firefight with SWAT teams after taking hostages.
At least, that was Thursday's scenario at the Fort Lauderdale port for a terror attack training event led the Broward Sheriff's Office. BSO Capt. Eddie Grant says the goal was to train for a coordinated assault by seven military-trained terrorists armed with guns and improvised explosive devices who took hostages inside a port cruise terminal.
The simulated attack included firefights with paintball bullets, real explosions and use of such gear as armored vehicles. The officers' main goal was to safely free the hostages without losing any law enforcement personnel. The fake terrorists were played by FBI agents.
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