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Dutch police are training eagles to take out drones

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Dutch police are involved in training birds of prey to take out drones flown by criminals and terrorists.

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The police, counter-terrorism agency NCTB and the ministries of justice and defence are working on a range of measures to combat drones, broadcaster Nos says, DutchNews reports.

Video footage released by the police shows a bird of prey grabbing a drone in its talons and bringing it to the ground.

The project is still in test phase but a spokesman said there was a "very real possibility" that birds of prey could be used.

"The bird sees the drone as prey and takes it to a safe place, a place where there are no other birds or people. That is what we are making use of in this project," project spokesman Marc Wiebes said.

"Everyone can get hold of a drone, and that includes people who want to misuse them,’ police spokesman Michel Baeten told The Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (Dutch broadcasting foundation).

"It is a multifunctional piece of equipment and that means you can launch an attack with them as well."

A decision on whether or not to use eagles to take out drones will be made in a couple of months.

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