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BREAKIN NEWS – Twin explosions hit Boston Marathon in US

BREAKIN NEWS... Twin explosions hit Boston Marathon in US

(IraqiNews.com) Twin blasts kill three people have been killed and more than 140 others hurt after two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon.The Skynews News Channel stated “The blasts ripped through the crowd near the finish line of what is the world’s oldest marathon.”They took place almost simultaneously about 100m apart, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet.As the second bomb erupted, spectators’ cheers turned to screams and a pool of blood formed on the ground.Windows were shattered and dense plumes of smoke rose over the street, as national flags lining the course fluttered.More than 25,000 people were registered as taking part in the race, 374 of whom were British. There were also 108 Irish athletes.The Associated Press reported that an eight-year-old boy was among the dead. Of the 144 reported injured, 17 are critical.Barack Obama vowed to find and punish those responsible, as a senior White House official said the attacks were being treated as an act of terrorism.Mr Obama pointedly avoided using the words “terror” or “terrorism”, saying officials “still do not know who did this or why”.But he vowed: “We will find out who did this. We’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”The explosions happened about two hours after the men’s winner had crossed the line, as amateur runners were reaching the finish.More than 17,000 competitors had completed the race by the time the blasts struck but thousands of others were still taking part.TV helicopter footage showed blood on the pavement in the popular shopping and tourist area known as the Back Bay.Runners in the medical tent being treated for dehydration or other race-related problems were pushed out to make room for bombing victims.A woman near the second bomb, Brighid Wall, 35, said runners and spectators had frozen, unsure of what to do.Her husband threw their children to the ground, lay on top of them and another man lay on top of them and said, “Don’t get up, don’t get up.”She said she saw six to eight people bleeding profusely, including one man who was kneeling, dazed, with blood coming down his head. Another person was on the ground covered in blood and not moving.”My ears are zinging. Their ears are zinging. It was so forceful. It knocked us to the ground,” she said.Runner Tim Davey, from Virginia, was with wife Lisa and their children in a medical tent set up for exhausted runners. “They just started bringing people in with no limbs,” he said.Roupen Bastajian, 35, a state police officer from Rhode Island, had just finished the race and been handed a heat blanket when he heard the blasts.”I started running toward the blast. And there were people all over the floor,” he said. “We started grabbing tourniquets and started tying legs.”A lot of people amputated. … At least 25 to 30 people have at least one leg missing, or an ankle missing, or two legs missing.”



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