German army assigns 7,000 personnel to World Cup

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6 June 2006, COLOGNE - The German armed forces, which last week rejected a reported request for soldiers to fill empty seats at games, said Tuesday it was assigning 7,000 personnel to help out at the World Cup, mainly operating first-aid stations and flying air ambulances.

6 June 2006

COLOGNE - The German armed forces, which last week rejected a reported request for soldiers to fill empty seats at games, said Tuesday it was assigning 7,000 personnel to help out at the World Cup, mainly operating first-aid stations and flying air ambulances.

The army will also have its armoured reconnaissance vehicles at the ready just in case terrorists attack football crowds with chemical or biological weapons. The Fuchs vehicles are laboratories on wheels that can sniff out nerve gas, anthrax and other threats.

Most of the military personnel will only be on stand by, ready to move if the German police request assistance, but the Fuchs ABC vehicles, which are one of Germany's most prized military exports, will be parked a short drive from the stadiums during games.

Lieutenant-General Kersten Lahl said a military command under his authority at Wahn near Cologne would coordinate the operations.

Army engineers would be on standby to help civil defence authorities in emergencies and 12 helicopters capable of moving injured people would be deployable on every day of the tournament.

DPA

Subject: German news

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