Olympics: Japan police plan for sarin attack at 2020 Games

Japanese police. (File photo by AFP)
Updated 25 September 2017
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Olympics: Japan police plan for sarin attack at 2020 Games

TOKYO: Japanese police in riot gear practiced for a chemical weapons attack Monday in an anti-terror drill aimed at tightening security for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Anti-terrorist forces rushed to a Tokyo rugby venue in a scenario where terrorists had planted a bomb in a nearby building and released the lethal nerve gas sarin inside the stadium.
Local media said about 1,000 people, including bomb disposal experts, took part in the drill, which was also designed to protect venues for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
A bag supposedly containing an explosive device was removed with a robotic arm, while special forces trained to deal with biological and chemical agents disposed of the sarin gas before decontaminating the endangered area.
Japan is rapidly developing advanced crime-prevention systems to guard against attacks at the Tokyo Olympics, such as hi-tech gates that can detect tiny explosive particles in a matter of seconds.
The Japanese government and Olympic organizers have also promised to cooperate with overseas law enforcement to tighten borders before the 2020 Games.
Local police are strengthening security at soft targets such as including sports venues, schools and shopping malls to ensure the Tokyo Olympics and the Rugby World Cup a year earlier are hosted safely.
Brazilian police arrested 10 people before last year’s Rio Olympics on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.
Japan prides itself on being one of the world’s safest countries but its confidence was badly shaken in 1995 when a doomsday cult released sarin on packed rush-hour subway trains, killing 13 people and injuring thousands.


Late stunner from Toni Kroos gives Germany vital win over Sweden

Updated 24 June 2018
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Late stunner from Toni Kroos gives Germany vital win over Sweden

  • Kroos curled a right-foot shot from the left edge of the area inside the far post after a set piece
  • Germany needed at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F

SOCHI: Toni Kroos has revived Germany's World Cup hopes with a superb late strike in the fifth minute of stoppage time to seal a 2-1 win for the defending champions over Sweden.
Kroos curled a right-foot shot from the left edge of the area inside the far post after a set piece, with Germany down to 10 men. He tapped the ball to Marco Reus from the free kick and then launched his strike into the top corner.
Germany needed at least a draw to stay in contention in Group F after opening with a loss to Mexico. It is now second in the group, three points behind Mexico and level with Sweden. Mexico had a 2-1 victory over winless South Korea 2-1 earlier Saturday.
Sweden opened the scoring with Ola Toivonen in the first half after a counterattack that started with a passing mistake by Kroos' near midfield.
Reus equalized three minutes into the second half with a shot from inside the area after a pass by Timo Werner.
Germany played the final minutes with 10 men as Jerome Boateng was sent off for a second yellow card for a hard challenge on Marcus Berg.
Halftime substitute Mario Gomez had one of the best chances for Germany with a close-range header in the 88th that was saved by goalkeeper Robin Olsen.