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Odisha raises Tactical Unit to face urban terror

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

With terrorists often striking cities and towns, government today raised a Special Tactical Unit (STU) to combat terror activities in urban areas.

"A team comprising 28 jawans trained by the NSG will respond to any such activities in the urban areas of the state," Prakash Mishra here.

The jawans are skilled in all forms of special operations including guerrilla warfare techniques, have been specially trained by the National Security Guard (NSG) to conduct counter insurgency operations and meet any kind of eventuality.

STU is expected to be helpful to counter terror threat in urban areas. Another batch 30 jawans will be inducted in the second phase, Mishra said.

Chief Secretary J K Mohapatra flagged off the unit at a special function held at seventh battalion ground here.

First Published: Mon, July 08 2013. 22:35 IST