White House, FBI Call Boston Bombings a Terror Attack

Barack Obama, Boston Marathon

White House, FBI Call Boston Bombings a Terror Attack

President Obama said those people responsible for the explosions in Boston "will feel the full weight of justice."

Published April 15, 2013

The FBI and the White House have classified the Boston Marathon bombings as a terrorist attack. However, officials are not sure if the attack is domestic or international, CNN reports. Despite reports, there is not a suspect in custody.

Two explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 100 shortly before 3 p.m. EDT on Monday. Law enforcement officials confirm that one of the victims was 8 years old.

A third device was found and was detonated by the Boston Police Department, the Boston Globe reports

"We will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we'll find out why they did this," President Obama said in remarks today. "Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."

U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, D-Mass., called the incidents a "sophisticated, coordinated, planned attack."

About an hour after the Copley Square explosions, there were reports of another explosion at the JFK Library in Boston. The Boston police commissioner says that the incident at the library, which was a fire, seems to be unrelated to the Boston Marathon explosion.

Google and Red Cross have established an online person finder to help family members and friends find their loved ones. Cell phone service in Boston was overloaded after the attacks and some reports claimed that government officials had "shut down cell service to prevent more explosives from being detonated remotely," CNN reports. Sprint and Verizon Wireless disputed those claims.

"The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight," Obama said. "And Michelle and I send our deepest thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims in the wake of this senseless loss."

More than 23,000 runners participated in the race and 17,600 had finished at the time of the bombings. The rest were diverted off the race's course, the New York Times reports.

Officials ask that if you have information about the bombings, please call 1-800-494-TIPS.

BET's thoughts are with those affected by the bombing tragedy in Boston. Relatives of missing persons in Boston can call the Mayor’s Hotline at 617-635-4500.

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Written by Erin E. Evans


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