Rus­sia says drone at­tacks thwarted

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Moscow—at­tempted drone at­tacks at this year’s World Cup in Rus­sia were thwarted by govern­ment au­thor­i­ties, the head of the host coun­try’s Fed­eral Se­cu­rity Ser­vice said Wed­nes­day.

Alexan­der Bort­nikov said his of­fi­cers “took mea­sures to de­tect and foil at­tempts by ter­ror­ists to use drones dur­ing the prepa­ra­tion and host­ing of var­i­ous ma­jor po­lit­i­cal

and sports events, most of all dur­ing the soc­cer World Cup.”

In com­ments re­ported by the Tass state news agency, Bort­nikov didn’t say who the “ter­ror­ists” were or how they were stopped.

Sep­a­rately, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Vladimir Kolokolt­sev told the In­ter­fax news agency that seven “na­tion­al­ist” hooli­gan gangs were stopped from at­tack­ing for­eign fans. They had planned to tar­get sup­port­ers from Eng­land, Sene­gal, Ar­gentina and Poland.

How Rus­sia guarded the World Cup. See thes­tar.com/soc­cer

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Rus­sian of­fi­cials claim sev­eral hooli­gan gangs were stoped from at­tack­ing for­eign fans dur­ing the soc­cer World Cup.

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