Speaking about the tragedy for the second time in as many days, Obama said the nation’s prayers go out to Boston. The two explosions on Monday killed three, including an 8-year-old boy, and wounded an estimated 176 people, the L.A. Times reported.
More than 50 people — from Burbank to Pasadena and the communities in between — were signed up to run in the marathon. Their conditions could not immediately be verified, but family members of some of the competitors who were reached by phone expressed deep relief after confirming that their loved ones were OK hours after the blasts.
“As the nation comes to grips with yesterday’s horrific events, I echo President Obama’s vow that those responsible will be made to feel the full weight of justice, and no effort will be spared to track them down,” Schiff in a statement on Tuesday.
Obama called the bombing a “heinous and cowardly act” that was being investigated as an act of terrorism.
“We will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice,” the president said in a televised appearance at the White House.
Schiff, a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Americans share a determination “to keep this country an open and secure society.”
“We will know much more in the coming hours and days about whether this was a home-grown plot, the product of self-radicalization, or a foreign driven attack,” the congressman said. “In the meantime, I will be working to make sure the intelligence community provides all necessary support to the investigation."
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