The deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon that killed at least three and injured more than 130 is believed to be an act of terrorism, senior White House officials told Fox News.
People are dead and injured after two bombs went of to the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street as thousands of runners were finishing the race on Monday afternoon”.
Some people were missing limbs, others had blood on their heads.“There’s a lot of blood” at the scene, according to WBZ-TV producer Ken Tucci. Several of the injured were rushed to the marathon medical tent in nearby Copley Square.
According to CBS News correspondent Bob Orr, two bombs were inside trash cans near the viewing area close to the finish line. Two unexploded devices has been recovered intact, according to CBS News. They were being dismantled.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital says it’s treating as many as 26 patients from ages 3 to 62 years old injured in the blast. 22 are at Massachusetts General Hospital, six of them in critical condition. 21 are at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,20 patients – in Boston Medical Center, most of whom have received lower leg injuries, Tufts Medical is treating 9 patients.
Authorities have surveillance video from the area which shows a man with what looked to be two backpacks near the scene just moments before the blast.
According to Fox News, “the official stressed that it was unclear whether a foreign entity like Al Qaeda was behind it or whether it was home-grown terrorism, prompting the president’s caution in characterizing the bombing”.
Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis said a third explosion had also occurred at about 4:30 p.m. at the JFK Library. It was described as a “incendiary device or a fire,” but that incident does not appear to be related to the first two blasts.
Two hotlines have been set up. One is for families looking for loved ones. That number is 617-635-4500.
The other line is for anyone who may have seen anything before, during or after the explosions. That number is 1-800-494-TIPS.
US President Barak Obama said:
” Earlier today, I was briefed by my homeland security team on the events in Boston. We’re continuing to monitor and respond to the situation as it unfolds. And I’ve directed the full resources of the federal government to help state and local authorities protect our people, increase security around the United States as necessary, and investigate what happened.
The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight. And Michelle and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the wake of this senseless loss.
We don’t yet have all the answers. But we do know that multiple people have been wounded, some gravely, in explosions at the Boston Marathon.
I’ve spoken to FBI Director Mueller and Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano, and they’re mobilizing the appropriate resources to investigate and to respond.
I’ve updated leaders of Congress in both parties, and we reaffirmed that on days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats — we are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens.
I’ve also spoken with Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino, and made it clear that they have every single federal resource necessary to care for the victims and counsel the families. And above all, I made clear to them that all Americans stand with the people of Boston.
Boston police, firefighters, and first responders as well as the National Guard responded heroically, and continue to do so as we speak. It’s a reminder that so many Americans serve and sacrifice on our behalf every single day, without regard to their own safety, in dangerous and difficult circumstances. And we salute all those who assisted in responding so quickly and professionally to this tragedy”.
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’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.
Today is a holiday in Massachusetts — Patriots’ Day. It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation. And it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition. Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I’m supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way.
You should anticipate that as we get more information, our teams will provide you briefings. We’re still in the investigation stage at this point. But I just want to reiterate we will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable.”