The effects of the Boston Marathon blasts were felt in all the major cities of the world as authorities have taken additional measures to increase security and prevent similar attacks from happening. According to the Associated Press, Los Angeles, New York and London have all intensified law enforcement presence after the Monday’s explosions in Boston.
Despite the surge in security that U.S. authorities have imposed after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the recent events at the Boston Marathon have proven that similar blasts are still possible on the American territory, as well as other countries. Consequently, world’s main cities have chosen to increase protection for the most important institutions in the following period. Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Detroit and San Diego are the U.S. states that were the first to announce new security measures.
British officials and authorities fear a similar attack could be planned on their territory, as well, especially since the funeral of the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is due to take place this week. Sunday’s Marathon, which will be held in London with the participation of numerous international athletes, has constrained British police to review the security plans they have prepared for the event. Social networks like Twitter and Facebook have also been used by law enforcement agencies to request people to denounce any suspicious activity to the police.
Terrorist attacks could take place at any time in the major cities of the world, but UK officials have many more reasons to fear an act of terrorism because Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday will gather the most important political figures in Britain. The event which will take place at Saint Paul’s Cathedral will be attended by Queen Elizabeth II and her family, as well as other dignitaries. The procession during which Thatcher’s flag-draped coffin will be carried on a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of London, has raised many concerns for authorities and security agencies who are planning the event.