Paris simulates 'dirty bomb' attack

11th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 10 (AFP) - French authorities staged a simulated "dirty bomb" attack in the Paris metro Sunday to test how emergency workers can cope with casualties should such a terrorist strike occur.

PARIS, Oct 10 (AFP) - French authorities staged a simulated "dirty bomb" attack in the Paris metro Sunday to test how emergency workers can cope with casualties should such a terrorist strike occur.  

Health workers deployed tents and decontamination shower stations around the Necker hospital in the south of the capital as 53 "patients" pretending to suffer effects from a radioactive bomb blast arrived from the subway system.  

"Dirty bombs" are devices packed with radioactive material. A conventional explosion - not one involving the fission or fusion reaction that occurs with nuclear devices - scatters the material in the vicinity, posing a serious hazard to unprotected people.  

Authorities said Sunday's exercise was the biggest of its type so far conducted in France.  

"The hardest bit is to literally isolate the hospital and its staff from the outside world, to confine them to prevent the contamination spreading," said one medical observer, Doctor Jean-Emmanuel de La Coussaye, from a hospital in the southern city of Nimes.

© AFP

 

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