WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Washington police said they're set for a Tuesday morning drill in which they will swarm a subway transit station as part of an anti-terrorism exercise.
About 50 officers, including Metro Transit's anti-terrorism unit, along with criminal investigators and special response teams were to move into the unidentified station to demonstrate their skills, Metro officials told The Washington Post.
"There is no immediate or credible threat" to the Metro system, spokeswoman Cathy Asato told the newspaper. "We want to stay a step ahead."
The Post said the Washington operation is part of a bigger anti-terrorism effort involving hundreds of officers from across the region who will practice responses to simulated explosions in situations similar to the mass-casualty terrorist attacks on Madrid commuter trains in 2004, the London Underground in 2005 and in Mumbai in 2008.
"Attackers do know that train systems are good targets for killing and injuring a lot of people," Brian Jackson, a terrorism analyst at the non-profit Rand Corp., told the newspaper. "Anyone who rides Metro at rush hour knows they put a lot of people in a small area."