A similarly realistic catastrophe exercise was performed as the Emile Mayrisch hospital in Esch-sur-Alzette last year. / © RTL Archivbild
The government has announced that a large-scale anti-terror exercise will unfold in Belval on 12 January.
The exercise forms part of VIGILNAT, the government's "plan for national vigilance in the face of the threat of acts of terrorism."
Around 1,200 policemen, emergency workers, and background actors are expected to participate in the drill, which will take place around the Rockhal concert hall and the CHEM hospital (Centre hospitalier Emile Mayrisch).
The Belval exercise will take place in and around the Rockhal and the surrounding area will be closed to the public, although other parts of Belval will not be affected.
Several roads will be closed to traffic and parking will be prohibited in certain areas on Saturday. Bus services 4, 7 and 15 will be rerouted and not pass through the Avenue du Rock'n'Roll. Railway services will operate as usual, accessible through Belval Plaza.
The following roads will be closed to traffic between 7am and 8pm:
- Avenue du Rock'n'Roll (open to residents for the section between la Porte de France and the forecourt of the Rockhal, but all traffic should cease near the Rockhal)
- Avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux
- Avenue des Sidérurgistes
- Avenue de la Fonte
Residents and visitors can expect to hear gunshots, screaming and explosions and should not be alarmed, as it is simply an exercise. The authorities have stressed that there will be no danger to any members of the public at any time.
As for road access to the Belval site, the Rue de l'Arbed will be reserved for security vehicles and emergency services. There will be a detour for the public to access the non-closed area.
© Haut Commissariat à la protection nationale du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg