MOSCOW (CelebrityAccess) — Russia on Wednesday claimed that it averted an attempted drone attack at this year’s World Cup event in Russia.
In comments reported by the Tass state news agency, Alexander Bortnikov the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service said that the agency “took measures to 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.”
Bortnikov did not elaborate on who the terrorists were or what measures were taken to prevent the attacks.
According to the Associated Press, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev separately told the Interfax news agency that seven different “nationalist” groups were stopped from launching attacks on foreign fans. He said the attackers had targeted fans from England, Senegal, Argentina, and Poland.
The news follows a report in April that “extremists” and nationalist soccer gangs had planned to attack World Cup soccer events in the city of Samara in Southeastern Russia.
Russian security forces employed an array of technology at the World Cup events, including facial-recognition cameras, and body scanners, but that did not deter four protesters affiliated with the dissident group Pussy Riot from running onto the field during the final.
Each of the Pussy Riot interlopers was sentenced to 15 days in jail for the act.