Anti-terrorism teams created for Olympics

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 08 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 08 June, 2008, 12:00am

Forty special anti-terrorism teams have recently been formed in Beijing to ensure security at the Olympic Games, according to officials at the Beijing Municipal Public Health Bureau.

The teams comprise a total of 188 experts and medics who will be on duty around the clock from July 1, said officials attending a meeting on disease prevention and control on Friday.

The anti-terrorism personnel will deal with any attacks relating to nuclear weapons, radioactive elements, explosives and chemical agents with a focus on guarding against biological terrorist attacks that may disrupt the sports gala.

A type of road vehicle fitted with an advanced satellite transmission system will be used to assist the teams in maintaining security.

At the venues of possible outbreaks and security breaches these vehicles can communicate with a command centre through a satellite transmission system to aid high-ranking safety officials. Another type of vehicle will be used to rapidly detect poisonous gases.

Beijing's disease control centre has established special surveillance stations to monitor possible nuclear radiation leaks and nuclear attacks across the country and even neighbouring countries around the clock.

A public health surveillance network has also been set up to monitor any epidemic diseases that may strike the capital.

And a series of sophisticated checking techniques enable the government and public health organisations to make preliminary measures against anthrax and cholera outbreaks within half an hour.

At a security summit in Singapore recently, Mao Xiaotian , vice-general chief of staff of the People's Liberation Army, warned of possible terrorist attacks against the Games.