Police To Review London Marathon Security After Deadly Bombing In Boston
Two bombs "exploded in the packed streets near the finish line" of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing two people and injuring more than 80, according to Jimmy Golen of the AP. The two explosions "took place almost simultaneously" about 100 yards apart, "tearing limbs off numerous people, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet, shattering windows and sending smoke rising over the street." Two other explosive devices were found near the end of the course, a senior U.S. intelligence official said. President Obama vowed that those responsible will "feel the full weight of justice." Authorities said there was no "immediate claim of responsibility" and no word "on the motive or who may have launched the attack" (AP, 4/15).
SECURITY REVIEW: In London, Gareth A. Davies wrote organizers of the Virgin London Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, "were quick to react" to the news, and "were immediately in consultation with the Metropolitan Police." Met Police Chief Superintendent Julia Pendry said: “We will be reviewing our security arrangements in partnership with London Marathon” (TELEGRAPH, 4/15). Also in London, O'Neill & O'Connor wrote that the Met and the security service "are confident that, in the wake of the operation to protect last year’s Olympic Games in London, they will be able to quickly adapt existing security plans to deal with any renewed terror threat" (LONDON TIMES, 4/15).
LONDON A TARGET: The London INDEPENDENT reported the city "has long been considered a top target for international terrorists" and the government said that the threat level is "substantial." A police spokesperson said that "the security presence may be increased." And a security official said there are"no credible or specific threats" against the London Marathon (INDEPENDENT, 4/15). In London, Francesca Infante wrote that London Marathon CEO Nick Bitel said the race will go on as planned. Bitel: "We will not be cancelling the event" (DAILY MAIL, 4/15).