BOSTON (TIP): Two bomb explosions that hit the Boston Marathon on Monday April 15th have brought back the US facing terror attacks all over again. The twin bombs killed 3 people and injured over a hundred. Latest reports say that more than 60 people remain hospitalized in Bostonarea medical centers, seven of them in critical condition, according to hospital sources. The officials are reported to have detonated a bigger explosion near ground zero promptly after the second explosion. The explosion went off about three hours after the winners had crossed the finish line of the marathon. Another explosion was heard a few seconds later.
The injured were taken to a medical tent that was set up for marathon runners suffering from fatigue. Three hours after the bombings, President Barack Obama spoke at The White House and urged the nation to not jump to conclusions about those responsible for the attack. “We still don’t know who did this or why,” said the President. Although White House officials described the bombings as an ‘act of terror’ the President refrained from using the term.
The President also ensured that every resource will be spent to investigate those responsible for the bombings. “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,” he added. Two of the dead have been named: Martin Richard, an eight-year-old boy from Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, and Krystle Campbell, 29, who had been at the finish line to watch her boyfriend complete the race. The Chinese consulate in New York said that the third fatal victim was a Chinese citizen whose identity was not being made public at the request of their family. But early media reports state that her name was Lu Lingzi. On Wednesday April 17th, officials speculated that the bomb was planted inside a pressure cooker. Forensic examiners have recovered fragments of black nylon cloth they believe to have come from backpacks used to carry both bombs. They have also found fragments of nails that could have been contained in a pressure cooker. He added that he was talking about a basic household pressure cooker of the sort found in many kitchens.
The investigators were combing through surveillance video dating to at least a week before the bombings to try to identify anyone who walked the finish-line route before the race. Authorities were working around-the-clock work to identify two men that seen not far from the race’s finish line, one of them lugging a black backpack. It was in such a backpack that investigators believe the bomber or bombers placed explosive devices that killed three and wounded more than 180 on Monday toward the end of the Boston Marathon. On Thursday April 18th President Obama and wife Michelle Obama visited the Boston service. “Everyone of us stands with you,” the president said at an interfaith service inside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. “Boston may be your hometown, but we claim it, too,” said the President.