The bombings at yesterday’s Boston Marathon have been felt around the world.
High alert at other marathons
Marathons around the world are altering their plans after yesterday’s tragedy. As the BBC reports, a spokesman for the UK’s Greater Manchester Marathon said “we will review the plans that we have in place.” This comment follows similar comments from organizers of the London Marathon, scheduled for this Sunday.
Even the Riga Marathon in Latvia is preparing for the worst, according to The Baltic Times. “What happened in Boston will most certainly influence many of the world’s top marathons, like New York and London,” said Latvian marathon organizer Aigars Nords. “These events will be held under much tighter security than usual. They will affect Latvia a bit less, as we are not a target country for terrorists.”
Tough memories in Ireland
The Boston bombing has brought up terrifying memories of the 1998 Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, reports Ireland’s Independent. On August 1998 of that year, the Real IRA blew up a car bomb, killing 29 people. Politicians in Northern Ireland made it clear their hearts went out to Boston.
“The city is at once American, European and Irish,” said SDLP MLA Alex Attwood. “The scenes and means of terror in Boston had previously been visited on us in our own experience, bombs in crowded streets, in refuse bins, leading to the death of a child. There will be others … the poignancy of what happened is very relevant to their lives.”
Help from Russia?
In a rare moment of unity between Russia and the U.S., Russian President Vladimir Putin is offering to assist the investigation into the Boston bombing, although it’s doubtful the FBI wants or needs that help. The Kremlin sent its condolenses to the White House, and The Moscow Times reports that 19 Russian runners had already crossed the finish line before the explosions happened.
“In Moscow, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul thanked the Russian people for the outpouring of support,” reports the Times. “’Thank you for all the words of solidarity here,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘As Obama said: “Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people.’”