America’s president described Monday’s bombings in Boston as an act of terrorism.
President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the deadly Boston Marathon bombings which killed three and injured more than 170, were “an act of terrorism”.
Mr. Obama said the attack was a “heinous cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism. Any time bombs are used to attack innocent civilians it is a terrorist act.”
But he said investigators do not know if they were carried out by an international or domestic organization, or perhaps by a “malevolent individual.”
“Clearly we are at the beginning of our investigation,” the U.S president said in his second public statement within a day since the explosions.
He said “The American people refuse to be terrorized,” despite the loss of life and limb.
Latest reports say about three people died while 176 were injured.
Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, also denied earlier claims that unexploded devices were found near the scene.
A doctor was quoted as saying that at least 25 To 30 people have at least one leg missing.
Investigators on Tuesday searched for the person or group responsible for planting two bombs at the Boston Marathon finish line.
The bombs killed three people and wounded more than 100 in the worst bomb attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation led a battery of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies on the case, while critically wounded victims of Monday’s blasts fought for their lives and others contemplated a new life as amputees.
The bombs ripped through the crowd at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, shattering the annual civic celebration on the Patriots’ Day state holiday, while tens of thousands of people packed the street to
cheer on the runners.
The two devices using gunpowder as the explosive were packed with ball bearings and other shrapnel to maximize injuries, said a senior law enforcement official briefed on the investigation that declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the information.
No one has been arrested in the bombing. A White House official said the case would be treated as an act of terrorism but it had yet to be determined whether the attack came from a foreign or domestic source.
President Barack Obama promised to catch whoever was responsible.
“It is a criminal investigation that is a potential terrorist investigation,’’ said Richard DesLauriers, the FBI special agent in charge of Boston.
Many runners were heading for the finish when a fireball and smoke rose from behind cheering spectators and a row of flags representing the countries of participants, video from the scene showed.
The two explosions came moments apart, some four hours and nine minutes into the race, long after the world-class runners had finished but around the time average contestants were arriving.
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