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Anti-terror drill held at Tokyo stadium ahead of Rugby World Cup

The Tokyo Fire Department conducts a large-scale anti-terror drill at Tokyo Stadium in the suburban Tokyo city of Chofu, on July 4, 2019, in preparation for this year's Rugby World Cup and next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Tokyo Fire Department conducted Thursday a large-scale anti-terror drill in the capital in preparation for this year's Rugby World Cup and next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The drill held at Tokyo Stadium in the city of Chofu, more commonly known as Ajinomoto Stadium, was based on a scenario that a terrorist bombing struck an international sporting event, leaving many injured.

Around 3,200 people from the fire department and some 100 from the Rugby World Cup organizing committee as well as other institutions participated in the response to the mock attack.

In the exercise, rescuers attended to victims who lay on the ground and carried them one after another on stretchers from the stadium's seating areas.

They assessed the victims' condition based on their breathing and responses to questions, carrying out triage to determine the severity of their wounds and to prioritize the treatment of the most badly hurt.

A newly-established fire department unit which specializes in responding to large-scale terror attacks and disasters was also dispatched.

Ajinomoto Stadium will host a match on the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup in September and soccer, rugby sevens and modern pentathlon during next year's Tokyo Olympics.

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