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Athletics: No bags as security is ramped up for Boston Marathon

Published on Feb 27, 2014 6:12 PM

BOSTON (AFP) - A "no-bags" policy is among tightened security measures being introduced for this year's Boston Marathon, organisers said on Wednesday, as the emotional first race since last year's bombings looms in April.

Two bombs hidden inside backpacks exploded near the finish line of last year's marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 250 others.

Security was tightened at major marathons worldwide as a result. This year, not even runners will be allowed to bring bags to keep personal items, the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) said.

"Bags will not be allowed in certain areas at or near the start in Hopkinton, at or near the finish in Boston, or along the course," the BAA said.

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