The Scary Moment Leila McKinnon In Hostage Terror Situation
Warning: graphic images
It’s the kind of training you’d never want to experience.
But for A Current Affair’s Leila McKinnon, an hour-long terror training session is exactly the reality she experienced. The Nine Network’s senior reporter was left in complete shock after taking part in the training, which is run by Zero Risk International, advises what to do in a terror situation. They say this can be the difference between life and death.
McKinnon is seen holding a camera, still filming while the training exercise is under way, telling viewers: “Oh my God, this is scary.”
In her report filed for ACA, she is seen talking to the camera, saying: “I think I just heard gunshots”, before a masked armed gunman walks into a meeting room full of people yelling “Get down! Everyone on the ground! Get on the ground! All of you!”
She is then tied up, blindfolded, and hooded during the ‘training’ as are the others taking part. McKinnon is later seen hiding in a room, where she lifts her hood off to talk to the camera again. Her hands are still bound together with rope.
She told viewers about how she was coping with what was happening around her. “Obviously it’s nothing like the real thing but it’s really intense,” she said.
She then took several deep breaths, and continued: “I can’t explain to you what it’s like. I can’t imagine what it must be like to go through.” “I hope I learn something from this, about how to learn to survive.” She then said: “I hope I never find myself in this ...” before being interrupted as another gunshot is fired.
Her whole body jolts with fright. If faced with a terror attack or a hostage situation, he said “slow, sly moves” are key while you are in survival mode.
McKinnon and some other hostages are then taken out in a car, where a man decides which person will be shot.
After she tells stands her ground, the exercise ends, the message is that it’s important for anyone in such a situation to keep the dialogue going, as it can lessen the chance of someone trying to shoot you.
She described the entire exercise as “horrific”, but was grateful for being part of it.