Boston bombings cowardly act: Kerry

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 13:55 hrs

Washington, Apr 18 (IBNS) US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday condemned the Boston Marathon bombing and called it a "cowardly act of terrorism".

In a press statement, Kerry said: "The entire State Department family joins President Obama in offering our deepest condolences and sympathies to the families and loved ones of all those killed and injured in the April 15 attacks in Boston."

"As a Bostonian, this cowardly act of terrorism hit home on a personal level, and has only continued to sadden and anger me these last two days as I've talked with Mayor Menino and close friends whose loved ones were among the injured. It defies words to hear of children killed and horribly maimed on the streets of my city.

"It is sickening to see my home turned into a place of carnage on a Patriots Day holiday that I've always associated with the best of my state and country," he said.

"But I am also reminded that in the selfless rush of first responders and ordinary citizens into the smoke and haze to help people they didn't even know, that the heart of Boston beat stronger than ever before," said Kerry.

He said the incident is an attack on people across the world.

"As Secretary of State, I would underscore that this attack on America was also an attack on people everywhere, as the Boston Marathon has always been an international event that brings countries and peoples closer together."

"We share in the tragic loss of one young Chinese citizen killed that awful day, and all foreign nationals who have been injured. State Department officials have been in contact with the Chinese victim's family in China, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Chinese officials in the United States, to convey our condolences and offer our assistance.

"We stand ready to provide whatever appropriate assistance we can to the family members of foreign nationals in the aftermath of this despicable act of terror," said Kerry.

Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said no arrests have been made in connection to the twin bomb blasts in the United States that killed at least three people and wounded about 144 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at Back Bay section on Monday.

"Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate," said the FBI in a statement.

"Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting," the agency said.

The Boston Police informed that at about 2:50 pm on Monday (US time) two large explosions along the Boston Marathon route in the area of 673 Boylston Street shook the area which turned into a scene of blood and utter chaos.

While initially police confirmed two fatalities and over twenty injuries, soon the toll touched three and the figure of wounded was put at 144. An eight-year-old boy was killed.

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