An investigation is under way after two explosions near the finishing line of the Boston Marathon. No arrests, no claims of responsibility. Witnesses describe horror. President Barack Obama vowed to bring those behind the attack to justice.
An investigation is under way after two explosions near the finishing line of the Boston Marathon left three people dead and at least 140 injured, BBC informs. The FBI has taken over co-ordination of what it described as a “potential terrorist inquiry”.Boston police say officers are working around the clock and all leave has been cancelled. At least 17 people are critically wounded, officials say, and the injuries include several amputations. One of the dead was an eight-year-old boy, US media said.In a televised address, President Barack Obama vowed to bring those behind the attack to justice. “We will find out who did this. We’ll find out why they did this,” he said. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”Although he did not use the word “terrorism”, a White House official later 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 first explosion came at about 14:50 local time on the north side of Boylston Street, about two hours after the winners crossed the line.
There was initial confusion and panic. Some runners fell to the floor while police and bystanders ran to help those caught in the blast.
President Traian Basescu sends condolences message
“Mr. President, I received with deep regret the news about the tragic event taking place in Boston, following which several American citizens lost their lives. In the name of the Romanian people, and mine personally, I want to send you my deepest compassion and the sincerest condolences. Also I would like to express my conviction, in the name of the friendship that keeps together our peoples, that it is our duty to defend the values of democracy and freedom and to cultivate solidarity and dialogue in a world marked by violence.”
PM Victor Ponta sends compassion letter to US Government
“This is a moment when Romania realizes the importance of its commitment within the strategic partnership with the US, with the Western world. We are allies in front of common enemies and I believe any effort and any sacrifice done or to be done by Romania in this just battle alongside our allies is justified”