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Help survive a terrorist attack

Terror attacks are increasing around the world.

While Boston remains a safe place to be, recent events have shown that anyone could get caught up in an horrific incident with some of the most brutal being committed at popular holiday resorts and family events attended by British holidaymakers.

Would you know what to do if you were caught up in a terror attack? Senior military and civilian medics are urging that people need to learn lifesaving skills so they can help each other while they wait for paramedics to arrive.

An app, called CitizenAID, has been developed to offer step-by-step advice

Run, hide, tell

Although an individual's chance of being caught up in an incident is small developers of CitizenAID say it is a good idea for people to have a plan and the knowledge and skills to help each other.

The app, pocket book and website suggest how best to deal with injuries in the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting or bombing incident.

The system includes instructions on how to treat severe bleeding - one of the major causes of death in these scenarios.

The programme also explains how to prioritise those who need treatment first and what to tell the emergency services once they arrive.

Advice from national counter-terrorism police is to:

l Run away in the event of an incident if you can;

l Hide if you can't run;

l Tell the emergency services.

The CitizenAID system says people should follow these steps and then go one step further. It suggests once people are safe, they should start treating casualties.

Chief Insp Richard Harding, head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Officesaid: "One of the challenges we have is that when a serious incident, particularly a terrorist incident occurs, the first responders from a police perspective will inevitably be trying to deal with the people causing the threat.

"They won't have time to deal with the people who are injured and that gap is vital to saving people's lives.

"So we are really interested in the concept of CitizenAID. It allows the public and people involved in very rare incidents like this to help themselves and help others and their loved ones survive the situation."

The app is free to download and the pocketbook costs £1.99 to order.