U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May met with security services and the Metropolitan Police today after the attack on the Boston marathon, her department said.
May updated Cabinet colleagues when they met this morning, while British political leaders said tomorrow’s funeral for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Sunday’s London marathon will go ahead as planned. More than 4,000 officers will be on duty during the funeral, London’s police force said.
“We are absolutely confident that we can keep the event safe and secure,” Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said of the marathon in an interview with BBC Radio 4 today. “The best way to show solidarity with Boston is to continue and send a very clear message to those responsible that we won’t be blown off course.”
An FBI investigation is under way after bombings killed three people, injured scores and sent smoke and flame soaring near the Boston Marathon’s finish line. The explosions near Copley Square occurred as recreational runners were finishing about 2:50 p.m. local time yesterday, police said.
In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron led reaction to the attack, describing the scenes as “shocking and horrific” in a posting on Twitter.
Former Home Secretary John Reid called for vigilance, both at the funeral and the marathon. He urged people protesting at the funeral to stay within the law to allow police to concentrate on the potential terrorist threat. The military presence at the funeral increases its attraction to terrorists, Reid said.
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