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Moscow to Heighten Security at World Athletics Champs

10:37 16.04.2013 (Last updated 21:04 16.04.2013)

Valentin Balakhnichev | World Athletics Championships
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MOSCOW, April 16 (R-Sport) - Moscow will heighten security for this summer's world athletics championships following the deadly Boston Marathon blasts, a sports official told R-Sport on Tuesday.

At least three people were killed Monday and 144 others injured, some critically, after a pair of powerful explosions ripped through a crowd near the finish line as the prestigious U.S. race was still in progress.

"Naturally, tougher measures will be taken," said Valentin Balakhnichev, the head of the All-Russian Athletics Federation. "We have high security anyway, but we will obviously draw conclusions from the incident in Boston," he added.

Federal authorities in the U.S. are classifying the bombings as a terrorist attack, CNN quoted federal law enforcement officials as saying.

"Terrorists don't choose any old target, but the more vulnerable areas from the security services' point of view. Sports events that take place in the open air are harder to protect because (attacks) can happen anywhere," Balakhnichev said.

The Russian capital has been rocked by major terrorist attacks over recent years including the 2010 Moscow subway suicide bombings that killed 40 people and the 2011 Domodedovo Airport suicide blast that killed 37 and injured more than 100.

The IAAF championships are to be held at Moscow's iconic Luzhniki stadium from August 10-18.

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