Curragh's elite soldiers being trained how to handle suicide bombers

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Ireland’s military special forces unit the Army Ranger Wing, which is based in the Curragh, is doing anti-terrorist drills to deal with incidents like hostage-taking. The Army Rangers and the Garda’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU) have stepped up their training following ISIS attacks in Paris. Ireland’s elite counter- terrorism units have trained overseas, with ERU gardai working with the French, Dutch, Germans, British and PSNI forces. The Irish Independent reports that the ERU was given “very sophisticated” training, including hostage-taking incidents, sieges, and dealing with attackers who are heavily armed and possibly wearing suicide vests. Just last month the Army Rangers became the first international team to win both the International and overall categories in a US sniper contest in Fort Benning in Georgia. The ARW has served overseas in East Timor, Liberia, Chad, the Balkans and Somalia.

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