Monday 23 October 2017

'Running police' on marathon duty

Tokyo's 'running police' follow competitors during the marathon in response to concerns over threats of terrorism
Tokyo's 'running police' follow competitors during the marathon in response to concerns over threats of terrorism

'Running police' made sure the Tokyo Marathon went off without a hitch.

Over 60 officers were deployed in today's race in response to concerns over threats of terrorism.

They wore white vests bearing the word "POLICE." Each member ran about 10km (6 miles) while carrying anti-terrorism gear in small backpacks.

Tokyo has been on edge following the slaying of two Japanese hostages by the Islamic State group last month. Islamist militants threatened Japanese people everywhere after the killings.

Over 36,000 runners took part in the race as organisers were eager to show that Tokyo remains a safe place to hold major sporting events.

The Boston Marathon in 2013 was the target of a terrorist attack that killed three people.

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