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Vigilnat exercise – Luxembourg facing terror threat and risk

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A Vigilnat exercise simulating a terrorist attack in Luxembourg will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2019. The Luxembourg law enforcement and rescue services will participate in a national anti-terrorist exercise Vigilnat on the Belval site and more specifically within and around from the Rockhal and Esch/Belval and the Emile Mayrisch Hospital Center (CHEM).

This is a major exercise with more than 1,200 participants. Noises (shots, explosions, screams …) can be heard outside the exercise site. The organisers wish to emphasise that no danger exists for the public at any time. The exercise will only take place in and around the Rockhal area, which will be fenced and secured. Other places in Belval will not be affected by the exercise.

To ensure the smooth running of the exercise, some roads on the site will remain closed to traffic on the day of the exercise between 07.00 and 20.00 hours, namely:
• Rock’n Roll Avenue (open to residents for the section between the Porte de France and the forecourt of the Rockhal and closed to all traffic at the Rockhal)
• Avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux
• the Avenue des Sidérurgistes
• the avenue de la Fonte

For security reasons, the buildings in these streets can not be reached by vehicle. A parking ban will apply throughout the day in these streets.
The bus lines N ° 4, N ° 7 and N ° 15 of the CTBT will not be able to take the avenue of the Rock’n Roll and will be deviated the day of the exercise.
As regards road access to the Belval site, the Rue de l’Arbed will be reserved for law enforcement vehicles and rescue services. A diversion allowing the public to access the unclosed part of the site will be put in place on the day of the exercise.

Rail traffic will not be disrupted by the exercise. Access to the Belval-University station will be guaranteed via the Belval Plaza shopping center.

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