Poland’s security forces continued their preparations to ensure a safe Euro 2012 this summer.
With armed attackers holding soccer fans hostage on a hijacked train Police carried out a mock rescue on Saturday.
The exercise involved 250 officers from different forces including police anti-terrorist squads and border guards.
Janusz Wojtowicz, a police spokesman from the southeast city of Lublin said: “We are practising different scenarios because we want to be ready for the Euro 2012. Of course this situation may seem very extreme and we hope it will never happen, but we want to be ready for every eventuality, we want to be prepared as best as possible.’‘
Police forces from Germany and Spain have been training the Polish police to cope with a violent situation of this kind and were on hand to supervise during the dramatic exercise which involved storming the train to release the hostages.
The exercise was part of an ongoing security training regime as Poland show off their readiness to co-host UEFA’s flagship tournament with Ukraine.