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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 Foreigners Detained at Air Show

The Interior Ministry said three British tourists were detained in an off-limits area of the MAKS air show last week, but when the British Embassy called to inquire, it was told the three were not British after all.

"It's all a bit odd," a British Embassy spokesman, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said Sunday.

The Interior Ministry announced Friday that three British tourists were detained in a "technical zone" of the vast airplane exhibition. The British Embassy then contacted air show police, who said no British citizens had been detained, the spokesman said.

Later Friday, an unidentified Russian official told Interfax that three foreigners were briefly questioned and released. RIA-Novosti said the tourists were "English-speaking," possibly leading police to think they were British.

Security was tight at the air show, as more than 600,000 people visited from Friday through its closure Sunday, Interfax reported. Security was provided by 7,000 policemen, soldiers and Federal Security Service officers.

Police confiscated a total of 23 guns and nearly 1,500 knives from visitors at the air show's security gates Friday and Saturday alone. Police also detained a thief who stole a model aircraft Friday when a U.S. delegation briefly stepped away from their stand, Vesti.ru reported. The model was returned.

Around 1,000 people required medical attention, mostly due to the heat, and 25 were hospitalized.