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Paras practice facing rioting crowds
2:05pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
PARATROOPERS took part in helicopter assaults and dealt with a rioting crowd...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 ranges in Norfolk.
The group is serving as the Air Assault Task Force, which is ready to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice.
Paras were deployed to extract European citizens from a fictional country suffering frictions and threatened by terrorists.
They had to protect an embassy against rioters who bombarded them with abuse, petrol bombs and missiles.
Soldiers also had to assault a village to free local police under siege from insurgents. The two-week long training ended with live fire battle runs, which saw troops cross hostile countryside by day and night, with fire support from light guns, mortars and Apache attack helicopters and surveillance from RAF GR4 Tornado fast jets.
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