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US authorities do not yet know who planned and carried out explosions at
the Boston marathon Monday, but they are handling the incident as "an
act of terror," a White House official said.
"Any event with
multiple explosive devices - as this appears to be - is clearly an act
of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror," the official
"However, we don't yet know who carried out this attack,
and a thorough investigation will have to determine whether it was
planned and carried out by a terrorist group, foreign or domestic," the
Two bombs ripped through the crowd at the finish
line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 100
others with some victims suffering amputations, the Boston Police Department
It was the worst
bombing on U.S. soil since security was tightened after the attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001, and President Barack Obama promised to hunt down whoever
was responsible for the attack on a day when tens of thousands of
spectators packed the streets to watch the world-famous race.
Two explosions hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, killing at least two people and wounding dozens on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch one of the world's best known marathons.
The FBI had taken lead in investigations through a Joint Terrorist Task as of late Monday, and was in the process of going through property that was discarded at scene.
one has been arrested and the White House official said it would have to
be determined whether the attack came from a foreign or a domestic
police also reported another explosion at the John F. Kennedy
Presidential Library, which is three miles from the marathon's finishing
Two explosions hit the Boston Marathon as runners
crossed the finish line on Monday, killing at least two people and
wounding dozens on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the
streets to watch one of the world's best known marathons.
"We are not certain that these incidents are related, but
we are treating them as if they are," Boston Police Commissioner Ed
Davis told a news conference.
Boston police said two people were killed and dozens wounded in the explosions on the marathon scene.
explosions hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line
on Monday, killing at least two people and wounding dozens on a day when
tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch one of the
world's best known marathons.Davis said that the blasts,
apparently some 50-100 meters apart, caused "multiple casualties." He
added urged people to stay home or go back to their hotels, and to avoid
congregating in large crowds. "People should be calm, but they should
understand that this is an ongoing event," he said.
Two high-level US law enforcement officials said one or more bombs were responsible for the explosions.
sounded like a sonic boom. I haven't stopped shaking yet," said Melissa
Stanley, who watched her daughter cross the finish line four minutes
before the explosions.
A fireball rose from behind spectators and
a row of flags, video posted on the New York Post website showed. Other
pictures showed blood stains on the ground and several people knocked
Massachusetts General Hospital was treating dozens of
victims of the explosion in its emergency room, six of them in critical
condition, a spokeswoman said.Matt Rand contributed to this report.