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Nice truck attack shows risk for Aust

AAP logoAAP 1/09/2016

The Bastille Day attack in southern France, in which a terrorist used a truck to mow down 86 people, shows Australia needs to be prepared for a terror attack in a rural town or regional centre.

A new Australian Strategic Policy Institute study of the July 14 incident viewed it as a low cost and relatively simple attack that could be replicated elsewhere with minimal resources.

It was the third mass-casualty terrorist attack in France in 18 months but the first outside the Paris metropolitan area.

Although French authorities were on a high level of alert, there was no specific warning and lightly-armed local police could do little as the vehicle ploughed through the crowd on the Nice Promenade des Anglais.

The driver, a petty criminal with no known terrorist associations, was eventually shot dead by heavily-armed national police. Islamic State subsequently claimed responsibility.

ASPI said an important lesson from Nice was that hardened security made terrorists look for more vulnerable targets.

A heavy truck gaining unrestricted access to a public space was conceivable for almost any major city.

It said Australian emergency and security responders should incorporate lessons learned in responding to a vehicle attack, as well as prepare for full spectrum terrorists attacks, including bombs, firearms and bladed weapons.

"Australia needs to be prepared for a terrorist attack in a rural town or a regional centre where high-readiness police forces are not based," ASPI said.

Local responders should be equipped, trained and rehearsed to ensure effective integration when responding to a mass-casualty incident, including a terrorist attack, it said.

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