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Obama: 'We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable'

The US president addressed the nation from the White House this evening.


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ADDRESSING THE AMERICAN people from the White House tonight US President Barack Obama pledged that authorities would find out who carried out the two explosions at the Boston marathon and hold them accountable.

Speaking just hours after the double explosions rocked the finish line of the marathon leaving dozens injured and at least two dead, Obama said that the “full resources of the federal government” were available to authorities in the Massachusetts city.

“The American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight,” he said adding that it was a “senseless loss”.

“We don’t have all the answers,” he added, saying that multiple people had been wounded. Obama said he had spoken to the director of the FBI and his Homeland Security chief as well as congressional leaders.

“There are no Republicans and Democrats on days like this,” he said.

He stressed that people should not jump to conclusions about who is responsible for the twin blasts but said the “full weight” of the US justice system would come down on those responsible.

Obama said that Boston emergency services including firefighters, police and first responders had responded “heroically and continue to do so as we speak.”

“Bostonians are tough and resilient and American people will be with them,” Obama said before concluding his brief press conference by stating: “We will find out who did this, and we will hold them accountable.”

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