White House: Boston Marathon explosions to be handled as ‘act of terror’

A man in a bomb-disposal suit investigates the site of an explosion which went off on Boylston Street during the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts. Credit: Reuters
A man in a bomb-disposal suit investigates the site of an explosion which went off on Boylston Street during the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts.
Credit: Reuters

The White House does not yet know who planned and carried out explosions at the Boston Marathon but is handling the incident as “an act of terror,” a White House official said on Monday.

“Any event with multiple explosive devices – as this appears to be – is clearly an act of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror,” the official said.

“However, we don’t yet know who carried out this attack, and a thorough investigation will have to determine whether it was planned and carried out by a terrorist group, foreign or domestic,” the official said.

President Obama had previously refrained from calling the incident an act of terror during a televised press conference Monday afternoon.


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