Bombing kills and injures many at Boston marathon finish line

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by Dillon Mack news editor

Shouts of celebration were turned to screams of panic and horror as two explosions occurred near the finish line of the Boston marathon.  As CNN.com reports, the two explosives, which after preliminary tests are thought to be small crude bombs, have injured nearly 144 people, including at least 3 confirmed dead and at least 17 in critical condition.

The article goes on to report that there is still much left unknown as law enforcement officials investigate the person or persons behind this crime.  In a press conference after the events at the Boston marathon, President Obama stated, “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.”

Videos of the bombing can be found online, but only give a small picture of what happened.  The CNN article retells many of the gruesome stories of spectators of the bombing.  Representative Bill Keating, D-Massachusetts, announced that two more unexploded devices had also been found.  One was found in a hotel on Boylston street, and the other in an undisclosed location.

Foxnews.com recently reported, “The timing of the blasts immediately sparked suspicions of a deliberate act,” and that they received reports from senior White House officials that this is was believed to be an act of terrorism.  However, the article cautioned that, “The official stressed that with details still coming in, it is unclear whether a foreign entity like Al Qaeda was behind it or whether it was home-grown terrorism. As a result, this official said the administration did not want the president to get out too far ahead and directly call it ‘terror.’

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We will keep you updated on the situation as more information is made available.

Pictured above: spectators watch the 2010 Boston Marathon in progress.

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