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Boston disaster: several dead, 140 injured

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Аuthor: REUTERS/SCANPIXTwo explosions struck the city of Boston during a marathon held there on Monday: at least three people were killed, more than 140 were injured, police report.

Bombs were planted on both sides of the finish line, and hit at both sides of the street with mere seconds separating each blast. One explosion hit near a sports shop. The other – at the spectators tribune. The blasts took place at 14:45; just seconds after the first of nearly 27 000 marathon runners had crossed the finish line.

At least 17 injured are currently in a critical state at the Massachusetts Hospital. The state of at least 25 more is considered to be grave. Among the injured are also 8 children. Witnesses saw a large number of people lose their limbs in the blast. According to an informed source, at least ten people lost limbs in the blasts.

In a short press-conference held on Tuesday, the President of USA Barack Obama announced that the country intends to do everything in its power to locate those responsible for this act of terror.

“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’ll 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”, – Obama said.

“The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight, and Michele and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the wake of this senseless loss”, – the U.S. President said.

Obama ordered “all available federal resources” to respond appropriately to the blasts, and called to increase security measures in all of the United States.

The Boston police denied the information about a third explosion, which allegedly took place at the John Kennedy Library. The police report that there was a fire in the library, and that this has nothing to do with the marathon bombing.

Investigators believe the explosions were an act of terror. However, it is still not clear whether it was planned and executed by a group of foreigners or domestic terrorists, as reported by an informed source in security services. There were no threats or warnings prior to the marathon. Both devices were relatively small. According to the source, it was not C4 or other plastic explosives.

An anonymous high ranking White House representative said that “any incident involving several explosive devices – as it happened in Boston – is clearly an act of terror”.

The US Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Senator Dianne Feinstein has confirmed that, given the details of the bombing, this is, indeed, an act of terror.

The investigation will be managed by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Investigators have told the police to search for “a dark skinned man” who could be related to the blasts, CNN reports. A man with a black backpack tried entering the off-limits area approximately five minutes before the blasts.

Police have stationed guards for some injured Saudi Arabian citizen at the Boston Hospital, but it is unclear if the man is related to the organization of the blasts. He is not officially arrested, as reported by a law enforcement official.

Chief of Boston’s fire fighting service has informed CNN that at least one undetonated device has been found. A number of suspicious items and packages were found. They are currently being checked. It is likely, however, that those are merely items left by the panicking crowd.

The Boston Marathon is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the USA. It is the oldest running marathon event in the world. Nearly 500 thousand viewers watch the event every year. In terms of media popularity, the Boston marathon competes with the National Football finals – Super Bowl.

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