WASHINGTON – After two suicide attacks on Moscow’s subway, Metro tightened security on the rails Monday.
“There will be more uniformed officers out on the stations, out on the platforms,” Metro Transit Police Capt. Kevin Gaddis tells WTOP.
“You’ll probably see more K-9 dogs out in the system.”
Officers who normally work in casual clothes will be in uniform.
Gaddis says there is no specific threat against Metro. Other U.S. subway systems increased security after the attacks.
In twin attacks on Moscow subway stations, two suicide bombers blew themselves up, killing dozens of rush-hour passengers.
The attacks in Moscow coincidentally occurred on the same day that Metro and emergency responders simulated an explosion on a Metrobus Monday morning.
The exercise is underway at the RFK Stadium parking lot.
As part of the drill, emergency personnel are assisting passengers who are injured. Plus, the drill will include the discovery of a second explosive on a bus in a garage. A phone call to authorities will say that additional explosive devices have been placed on other buses, Metro says.
The aim of the drill is to test the coordination abilities of Metro with federal agencies, D.C. emergency responders and neighboring police and fire departments.
On Sunday morning, a Metro drill simulated a rail car explosion in the tunnel between the Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom Metrorail stations. On Feb. 24, Metro tested how it would respond to a shooting at the Friendship Heights Metrorail station.
The exercises are funded through a $1.2 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative grant.