Simulation of Hostage Crisis as Part of Exercise at Banja Luka International Airport


Exercise Quick Response taking place concurrently AT multiple locations across BiH, from Mostar in the South West, Visoko and Sarajevo in the Centre, Banja Luka in the North, and Brcko in the North East. This year, the exercise aims to build onlast year’s successes, we are again working closely together with BiH Law Enforcement Agencies and the Armed Forces of BiHandincorporating them into aspects of the exercise.

The scenario troops had to deal with at the airport today included A demonstration, a hostage situation and an improvised explosive device (suspected bomb). These diverse and challenging situations were dealt with swiftly and efficiently, and therewas excellentt cooperation between EUFOR, Law Enforcement Agencies and airport authorities. It was clear that the co-operation between all parties remains strong and that we have established excellent communication links.

Quick Response is EUFOR’s largest annual exercise, it tests EUFOR’s ability to bring reserve forces into BiH and quickly integrate them. The smooth arrival of part of EUFORreserves from Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and the United KingdomprovedEUFOR’s ability to rapidly increase in size and strength, ready to face any challenge we are presented with. HQ EUFOR, LEAs and AFBiH have proved their capability of rapidly upscaling troop numbers in all parts of Bosnia and Hercegovina and protecting critical infrastructure and installations.

After the exercise EUFOR will continue to cooperate with the Authorities of BiH, the Law Enforcement Agencies and the Armed Forces of BiH, promoting the primary aim of maintaining a safe and secure environment for all of the citizens of BiH.

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