Army special forces conduct exercise on N. Korean terrorist attacks

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Mar 14, 2017 - 16:18
  • Updated : Mar 14, 2017 - 17:17

South Korean Army commandos conducted an exercise Tuesday to simulate fending off North Korean terrorist attacks.

About 200 special operations forces joined the one-day drill in the compound of the Army's 2nd Operational Command in Daegu, 302 kilometers south of Seoul, according to the Army.

A total of 18 military helicopters were mobilized, practicing quickly transporting backup forces to battle fields or strategically relocating combat forces.

Under a scenario of the North Korean military carrying out terrorist assaults on key South Korean facilities, the special forces were drilled to relocate using choppers to search and decimate enemy forces, the Army said.

It also involved refueling operations for the military helicopters, a mission which is crucial when a battle continues for a prolonged period of time.

"The latest exercise was focused on verifying our preparedness to dispatch a commando brigade to the place of an enemy attack in order to preoccupy the site and terminate the battle," the 2nd Operational Command chief Gen. Park Chan-ju said.

Meanwhile, the US forces stationed in South Korea practiced tunnel clearing operations last week, the US 2nd Infantry Division said, a drill that appeared aimed at eliminating North Korean targets in underground tunnels.

This photo captured from the website of the U.S. Forces Korea's (USFK) 2nd Infantry Division on March 14, 2017, shows U.S. army forces' carry out a tunnel clearing exercise last week at Camp Stanley in Euijeongbu, just north of Seoul. (Yonhap)

The US Army forces carried out the exercise last Wednesday at Camp Stanley in Euijeongbu, just north of Seoul, according to the infantry division.

To avoid detection, North Korea is known to be keen on building underground military facilities and are presumed to have around 6,000 to 8,000 of such structures, a military journal issued in 2015 reported.

The US Forces Korea has been making sophisticated maps of underground military facilities in North Korea to counter North Korea's military threats.

It has also been running an education program named "Underground Facility" for senior South Korean and American military officers to share information on North Korea's underground facilities since 2007. (Yonhap)