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Colchester-based Paras have been training for the war aganist terror
PARATROOPERS took part in helicopter assaults and dealt with a rioting crowd... but it was all in the name of training.
The Colchester-based 2 Para battlegroup practised what they would do in the event of a terror attack at grounds in Norfolk.
The group is serving as the Air Assault Task Force, which is ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice.
During their two-week training, the paras had to extract European citizens from a fictional country threatened by terrorists. They had to protect an embassy against rioters who bombarded them with abuse, petrol bombs and missiles.
Soldiers also had to lead an assault on a village to free local police under siege from insurgents.
Private Daniel Lee, 20, said: “I’ve only been in 2 Para for eight months and this exercise has taken me a step up from what I learnt in training. We’ve really worked hard on a lot of different skills.”
Lieutenant Colonel Adam Dawson OBE MC, commanding officer of 2 Para, said: “Combined with challenging and enjoyable training, it has resulted in a confirmation of our readiness for any challenge that may require our intervention.”
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