President and Prime Minister condemn Boston bombings

4/17/2013
President Pranab Mukherjee said, the world should unite in combating the menace of terrorism. Extending sympathy to the families of the Boston blast victims,the President expressed the hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offered India's full support to the US in combating terrorism. Dr Singh wrote to US President Barack Obama and said India stands in solidarity and sympathy with the bereaved families, those injured in the incident and the people of the United States. 

The Prime Minister said Indian people join him in condemning the senseless and cowardly act of violence in strongest terms.

At least three persons were killed and over 130 sustained injuries when two powerful explosions rocked the American city of Boston during an annual marathon. The two blasts occurred within seconds at a sidewalk along the route of the Boston Marathon, where thousands of people had lined up to cheer on the marathoners. The authorities also found a device at two other locations in the city, but they did not explode. FBI has taken over the investigation.

Nearly 27,000 people were participating in the marathon. The blasts occurred as thousands of spectators lined the sidewalks to cheer on the marathoners. Several runners collapsed on the ground due to the impact of the blasts which tore through the windows of buildings nearby.
 
Condemning the blasts, President Obama said those responsible will be brought to book.

UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon condemned the blasts describing them as senseless violence.
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