Amerikanske medier kommer med motstridene meldinger, men ifølge The Washington Post er minst to drept og flere titalls skadet etter bombeangrepene på Boston.
To bomber eksploderte nær mållinjen i Boston Maraton. Stedet var fullpakket med tilskuere. Politiet har funnet to andre bomber på stedet, men det som ble rapportert å være en tredje bombe som gikk av på JFK-biblioteket i byen, skal være en tilfeldig brann som ikke har noen sammenheng med det som sannsynligvis er et terrorangrep:
The explosions, occurring on the Patriot’s Day holiday that commemorates the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord, were as shocking in their symbolism as in their force. The Boston Marathon is a highly prestigious race and is as much a symbol of Boston as Fenway Park.
The repercussions extended from Massachusetts to Washington, where President Obama was briefed by top officials, the White House increased security, and the Justice Department and FBI mobilized to fully investigate what had happened.
Boston Marathon officials described the blasts near the finish line as originating from “two bombs.” Two federal law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the blasts were caused by explosive devices.
In a brief appearance at the White House shortly after 6 p.m., Obama expressed sympathy for the victims of the blasts and said all the necessary resources of the federal government would be assigned to assist Boston officials in determining the cause of the explosions.
“We still do not know who did this or why, and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts,” Obama said. “But make no mistake — we will get to the bottom of this.”
In addition to the two confirmed deaths, police said more than 20 people were injured. Other media reports placed the injury toll as more than 100 people.
I følge foreløpig ubekreftede rykter skal politiet ha avkreftet at de har anholdt en hardt skadet, 20 år gammel saudi-araber, mistenkt for å ha vært delaktig i terrorangrepet.