MOSCOW (AP) — 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 allegedly planned to target supporters from England, Senegal, Argentina and Poland.
Neither Bortnikov nor Kolokoltsev specified any court cases or convictions resulting from their agencies’ actions. In April, Russia said “extremists” and nationalist soccer hooligans had planned to attack World Cup events