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PICTURES: French police swarm Lyon fan park in dramatic Euro 2016 terror drill

The world and his wife seem to be lining up to warn fans about terror attacks at the Euros.

Luckily the French police are all over it.

Yesterday they staged a dramatic drill at a fan park in Lyon in reponse to a mock suicide bomb, followed by a fake attack by armed gunmen.


The city will play host to, among others, Italy v Belgium and Ukraine v Northern Ireland during the group stages of Euro 2016.

And in scenes reminiscent of the Paris terror attacks which occurred last November, anti-terror police swooped to secure the area before emergency services treated the critically injured.

The training exercise comes amid repeated warnings from counter-terrorist experts that fan zones and crowded areas at Euro 2016 will be targets for the Islamic State this summer.

The tournament gets underway in Paris on Friday where hosts France take on Romania at the Stade de France, where three suicide bombers struck as part of a devastating wave of attacks which stunned the world last year.

French police spokesman Michel Delpuech said of the drill: “Are we prepared? Well, I think this is exactly what we are showing tonight in Lyon, as well as in other big French cities.

“Yes, we are prepared, and as we have been preparing ourselves, as we are being vigilant, and as we are and remain lucid, we are serene, and as we are serene, the celebration will go on without any incident.”


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