My condolences to the families of those killed and all who have been injured.
RussiaToday – Apr 15, 2013
At least two people are dead following a pair of explosions in Boston, Massachusetts where thousands of runners are participating in the annual Boston Marathon. Local media report over 100 people have been injured as well.
Witness speaks about Boston Marathon explosion
DeadBeatConviction – Apr 15, 2013
AL Jazeera’s Josh Rushing speaks to a witness who describes the aftermath of the Boston Marathon explosions.
Boston Marathon explosion caught on tape
RTAmerica – Apr 15, 2013
Information about Monday’s deadly explosions in Boston continues to come in only two hours after a pair of blasts rocked the city’s annual marathon. RT correspondent Marina Portnaya joins Meghan Lopez to bring us updates about the Boston Marathon explosions, which has so far been credited with taking 2 lives and injuring dozens more.
Obama speaks on Boston bombing
RTAmerica – Apr 15, 2013
US President Obama issues a statement following the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon that killed at least two and injured over 100.
Statement by the President
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
April 15, 2013
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
Good afternoon, everybody. 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.
Thank you very much.
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Those killed and injured in Boston are no more or less important than those abroad who are killed, maimed, and disrupted globally. As one story title read a few years ago: “Your 9/11 is our 24/7.” There is no difference to this sad day of violence/terror in Boston and the days of civilians being killed by drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere. Terrible events are not measured by where they occur, but by the fact that they occur at all.
Debra — perfectly said . and the president who commands these drone strikes acts ( and it is a put on act ) that he cares about shoot ups at grade schools , and bombing at marathons.
when i talk to my friends that are still under the Obama spell , they complain about me being so critical of him all the time .
my reply is to ask them if they were upset at the sandy hook shooting , and they said yes . i then went on to tell them that that many kids are killed by drone strikes every day . EVERY DAY .
then i say ”who is wrong –the the shooter or the critic of the shooter”? they reply –”the shooter of course”. my answer ”this president is the drone strike shooter , and i am opposed to that .so who is wrong –the president or the opposition and critic of him ?”
”well… and it sort of trails off with some soppy liberal notion of a humanitarian war . mouthpieces of those under the spell.