The Operations Wing of Kowloon East (KE) conducted an inter-departmental counter-terrorism (CT) exercise, codenamed "AIMHIGH", at Yau Tong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Station on April 28 to enhance the command and co-ordination capabilities of frontline units to respond to terrorist incidents on the railway system.
This is the first "cold start" exercise of the Force since the implementation of the Force Exercise Management Framework in January. The exercise simulated a scenario in which the Police received intelligence of a terrorist attack on Yau Tong MTR Station, and received a report of "Suspicious Object Found" in a train compartment. As several terrorists attacked passengers with grenades and firearms on a platform of the station, Kwun Tong District immediately set up a Forward Control Point to command and co-ordinate relevant units. The Emergency Unit (EU) and the Police Tactical Unit (PTU) of KE, the Counter Terrorism Response Unit, Railway District and the Railway Response Team promptly arrived at the scene. With the joint efforts of these units and the support of the MTR Corporation, the terrorists were subdued. The Special Support Unit of the Fire Services Department (FSD), equipped with paramedic facilities and extra stowage of paramedic and medical items, set up a temporary operations room at the scene to provide emergency treatment for injured people.
Deputy Regional Commander of KE Chan Man-tak presided over the exercise along with observers from different KE Formations and other Formations, including EUs of other Regions, the Major Incidents Bureau, the Critical Infrastructure Security Coordination Centre and the PTU Operations Contingent Company. He said the exercise helped strengthen the command capabilities and the interoperability of frontline units in tackling terrorist incidents on the railway system. He also expressed deep gratitude to the MTR Corporation and the FSD for participating in the exercise. He looked forward to continuous co-operation of stakeholders to ensure their CT readiness.