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Snipers to be on guard around stadium during France vs Russia football friendly

March 28, 14:08 UTC+3 PARIS
A bloc of an elite unit of the French national police will also be on guard during the match
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PARIS, March 28. /TASS/. Snipers will strengthen security during a friendly match between the French and Russian national football teams as part of the UEFA Euro 2016 preparations, deputy head of the Paris headquarters for public order and road traffic Laurent Simonin said on Monday.

"The snipers will be placed around the stadium," French Television Channel BFM-TV quoted Simonin as saying.

"Also, a bloc of an elite unit of the French national police will be on guard during the match," he said.

A series of terrorist attacks prepared by radical Islamists was carried out in the French capital on January 7-9, 2015. On January 7, the radicals attacked the editorial board of Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, shooting 12 and wounding another 11 people.

The attack was carried out by Islamists Sherif and Said Kuashi. The terrorist grouping Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attack. The following day, their accomplice Amedi Kulibali shot down a female police officer and wounded her colleague in the Paris suburb of Montrouge and on January 9 the same young man attacked a kosher supermarket on the outskirts of the French capital, killing four people and taking hostage all the survivors.

On November 13 last year, a terrorist group also representing radical Islamists staged an even more bloody series of terrorist attacks in Paris and the suburb of Saint-Denis, killing 130 and wounding several hundred other people.

In Belgium, two blasts rocked Brussels airport in the morning of March 22 this year, killing over 30 persons and wounding several hundred others. The Belgian authorities have said the blasts are a terror attack and announced the highest level of terrorist threat in the country. A third explosion occurred in the Brussels metro close to the EU institutions in the Belgian capital.

The friendly match between the Russian and French national football teams will be held at the Stade de France stadium in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis on March 29.

Russia routed Lithuania 3:0 in another friendly at the Otkritie arena in Moscow on Saturday.

The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup will be held in France between June 10 and July 10 with matches to be played in 10 different locations, namely in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.

A total of 24 European national teams qualified for the Euro Cup final tournament in 2016, after the contestants’ format, which was used since 1996, was decided to be extended from 16 to 24 teams.

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