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Pentagon heightens security for Marine marathon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is tightening security for this weekend’s Marine Corps marathon after a series of shootings targeting military buildings in the Washington area, an official said on Thursday.

The FBI says a single weapon was used in an October 19 shooting that shattered two windows at the Pentagon and in another shooting at a Marine Corps museum south of Washington the previous weekend.

It is investigating whether a third shooting at a Marine Corps recruiting station this week was also connected.

No one was injured in the shootings but security measures were being heightened, a Pentagon spokesman said.

“The Pentagon force protection agency will probably have a larger presence than normally for these activities this weekend,” Colonel Dave Lapan told reporters.

The Marine Corps marathon is being held on Oct 31.

The Pentagon was one of the targets of the September 11, 2001, attacks, and in March a gunman shot and wounded two security officers near a Pentagon entrance.

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Doina Chiacu