German, Dutch police conduct World Cup exercise

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14 September 2005, BERLIN - German and Dutch police are to conduct a joint exercise ahead of the 2006 Football World Cup being held in Germany, the German Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

14 September 2005

BERLIN - German and Dutch police are to conduct a joint exercise ahead of the 2006 Football World Cup being held in Germany, the German Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

The exercise, under the name "security knows no borders", was to take place Thursday at the Niederrhein airport near the town of Weeze, on the German side of the border, the ministry said.

Around 600 police, assisted by 800 "extras", will conduct an exercise in escorting buses carrying fans. Another exercise will involve dealing with hooligans.

"The purpose of this international exercise is to deal with possible cross-border scenarios that could arise in connection with the movements of football fans," the ministry said.

Germany and the Netherlands signed an agreement on cross-border police action in March that allows the forces of each country to pursue suspects across the border under strict rules.

DPA

Subject: German news

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