Boston Marathon Explosions Kill 3, Wound Dozens

At least three people were killed and more than 140 injured Monday after two nearly simultaneous bomb blasts went off near crowds of spectators at the finish line of the prestigious Boston Marathon.

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said there was “no specific intelligence” warning of an attack, and authorities said there was no immediate claim of responsibility. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading a multi-agency probe into the bombings.

U.S. President Barack Obama said in televised remarks that the United States will find out who was responsible and hold them accountable.

“We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But, make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this, we will find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”

While Mr. Obama did not call the explosions an attack, a White House official said any event with multiple explosive devices “is clearly an act of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror.”

Television footage showed scenes of confusion, streets littered with debris and blood, paramedics carrying stretchers, and damage to nearby buildings.

Bloody spectators, including some with severed limbs, were carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners from the race.

The Boston Globe, citing two law enforcement sources, reported that the dead included an eight-year-old boy. A number of victims suffered amputations.

The blasts occurred about two hours after the first of the race’s more than 23,000 runners had crossed the finish line.

About 17,600 participants finished before the explosions. The competition was halted after the bombs went off, as was subway service to the area.

Source: VOA News

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