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Minister: Russia should keep in mind the Boston bombing when hosting Sochi Olympics

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Artis Pabriks

Artis Pabriks

After the tragic events during the Boston Marathon this Monday, Latvia should reconsider its security measures during public events, Latvian Defence Minister Artis Pabriks believes.

“Conclusions are to be made. Society should also remember that unpleasant surprises are always possible”, – he told Latvian Radio and LTV.

According to him, Latvians need to understand that no one is ever truly safe.

The minister emphasized that Russia should also make appropriate conclusions after this. The Sochi Winter Olympics are due next year. “The location for the next year’s winter Olympics – Sochi – is located to an already hot region – Caucasus, where a hidden war is already being waged”, – Pabriks said.

The minister said he has no right to consider the possible culprits, but he admits that the goal of this act of terror was to wound or kill as many people as possible and terrify the rest. The fact that the explosives were packed with shrapnel proves this. “In any case, this is terrorism, because it is aimed against civilians with a goal to frighten them”, – Pabriks concluded.

BNN previously reported that two explosions struck the city of Boston during a marathon held there on Monday: at least three people were killed, more than 140 were injured, police report.

Bombs were planted on both sides of the finish line, and hit on both sides of the street with mere seconds separating each blast. One explosion hit near a sports shop. The other – at the spectators tribune. The blasts took place at 14:45; just seconds after the first of nearly 27 000 marathon runners had crossed the finish line.

At least 17 injured are currently in a critical state at the Massachusetts Hospital. The state of at least 25 more is considered to be grave. Among the injured are also 8 children. Witnesses saw a large number of people lose their limbs in the blast. According to an informed source, at least ten people lost limbs in the blasts.

In a short press-conference held on Tuesday, the President of USA Barack Obama announced that the country intends to do everything in its power to locate those responsible for this act of terror.

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