NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) - A mock suicide bomber and a quick succession of blasts were part of a terrorism drill designed to test the responsiveness of health and law enforcement officials along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Arizona Office of Homeland Security said about 1,000 people took part in the drill Sunday morning, which started when a man walked into the Mariposa Port of Entry compound, shouted the name of a mythical terrorist group and set off an explosion. The man was actually a firefighter in a protective suit.
High school drama students played injured and dead victims, complete with makeup depicting burns and other injuries, as several more explosions detonated. A mock toxic gas also was released.
Some 40 U.S. agencies and 20 Mexican agencies were involved in the drill. The exercise ends Tuesday after authorities focus on identifying victims and assessing economic consequences of an attack.