Twist to NYC emergency drill

2015-11-22 22:10
New York City police officers during an active shooter drill on Kenmare Street. (Michael Graae, AFP)

New York City police officers during an active shooter drill on Kenmare Street. (Michael Graae, AFP)

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New York - Emergency responders in New York City staged a drill simulating active shooters in a Manhattan subway station in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks.

The scenario on Sunday morning in Lower Manhattan came just days before one of the city's most high-profile events, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The drill has been planned for some time, but got a last-minute update after the Paris attacks: Officials added an attacker wearing a suicide vest.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the drill showed that the city is "fundamentally prepared".

Police Commissioner William Bratton says exercises like the subway drill "are vitally necessary" and provide lessons for emergency responders.

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