A counter-terrorism and rescue drill took place at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on November 30.

The large-scale simulation involved forces from the municipal Police, Air Defence Division 367, the Ministry of Transport and the Department of Health in collaboration with the 44 international airlines operating at the airport.

The drill used the scenario of an attack by 15 terrorists who held 200 passengers as hostages and shot security staff dead at the airport. All forces were mobilised to rescue the hostages.

All bombs and mines installed at the airport were handled by two robots and sappers. The terrorists were arrested after nearly two hours.

The drill offered an opportunity for participating forces to review their combat capacity and response skills in readiness for possible terrorist attacks, said Cao Sy Quang, Deputy Chief of the Office of the Ho Chi Minh City Police.-VNA