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Obama: Boston explosions investigated as terrorism

Published On: Apr 16 2013 09:44:49 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 16 2013 02:50:23 PM CDT
Boston Marathon explosions Obama in White House

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President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with FBI Director Robert Mueller for an update on the explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon. Seated with the president are Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.


President Barack Obama says the explosions at the Boston Marathon are being investigated as an act of terror, although authorities still don't know who is responsible.
He called the bombing "a heinous and cowardly act" used to target innocent civilians.
Obama spoke to reporters at the White House after a briefing by his national security team.
Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, and more than 170 were wounded in Monday's bombing at the famous marathon's finish line.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling the Boston marathon bombing a "cruel act of terror."
Hagel said Tuesday that any event with explosive devices is clearly an act of terror and promised that a thorough investigation will determine whether the perpetrators were foreign or domestic.
He said government officials still do not know who is responsible or why the historic race was targeted Monday.
The Pentagon chief vowed that those responsible will be brought to justice. He said the thoughts and prayers of those at the Pentagon are with the people of Boston.
Hagel made the comments Tuesday at the start of a previously scheduled congressional hearing on the defense budget.