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Boston Police: 3 Dead After Explosions at Marathon Finish Line

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Police say three people, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed in the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Police commissioner Ed Davis confirmed the three deaths but provided no details.

A person told the Associated Press the boy's mother and sister were also injured as they waited for his father to finish the race.

The explosions Monday also injured more than 140 people, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet.

Some of the victims lost arms and legs. Other injuries included broken bones, shrapnel wounds and ruptured eardrums.

Boston police say no suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Davis also says that the fire at a library a few miles away and more than an hour later doesn't appear to be related to the explosions at the race on Monday. He says the fire may have been caused by an incendiary device.

President Obama says the United States does not know "who did this or why" but vowed that whoever is responsible "will feel the full weight of justice."

He said: "We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable."

"And people shouldn't jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. And 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."

"...Boston is a tough and resilient town - so are its people," he continued. "I am supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other and move forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way."

Obama made his remarks Monday evening from the White House about three hours after two explosions detonated near the marathon's finish line.

Obama has been in touch with federal law enforcement and Massachusetts officials in the aftermath of the explosions.

The Secret Service reacted cautiously to the blasts, expanding the security perimeter around the White House.

Members of Congress are calling the bombings at the Boston Marathon acts of terrorism and vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Texas Republican Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, says the question is whether the terrorism is foreign or domestic.

California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, also called it a "terrorist incident."

A White House official says the attack will be "approached as an act of terror," but an investigation will have to determine whether it was a foreign terror group or domestic.

Governor Brian Sandoval released this statement regarding the explosions at today's Boston Marathon: "Kathleen and I were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic explosions at today's Boston Marathon. We wish to extend our thoughts and prayers to those injured and killed today and their families. To the first responders who immediately stepped forward, thank you for your selfless service. Nevada will continue to keep those affected in our prayers."

The Navy has sent one of its bomb-disposal units to Boston to assist local authorities as needed in the aftermath of the two explosions near the Boston Marathon's finish line. The blasts killed two and injured more than 100.

The three-member explosive ordnance disposal team based at Naval Station Newport, R.I., was sent to Massachusetts after state officials asked for help. Authorities are investigating the bombings and also are checking other bags and packages that may have been left unattended as terrified crowds races away from the chaos Monday.

"This is an active investigation, particularly in the several blocks around Boylston street around that blast area around the crime scene.The National Guard has secured that crime scene and is limiting access to it," said Massachusetts Governor DeVal Patrick.

The Defense Department has not raised the threat level across the nation's military installations.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety (DPS) and all law enforcement agencies statewide say they take all direct and indirect threats seriously and will continue to be proactive with security and enforcement strategies. 

As a precautionary measure, the DPS is collaborating with federal officials to monitor and implement additional safety efforts after today's tragic event in Boston.

As a reminder if you "See Something, Say Something." Contact the Nevada Threat Analysis
Center at 775-687-0450,
http://dps.nv.gov  or the Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center at 702- 828-7777, http://snctc.org to report suspicious activity.

American Muslim organizations are condemning the Boston Marathon bombings and urging Americans of all faiths to join them in praying for the victims and their families.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations also is asking American Muslims to offer authorities any leads they may have to help capture the perpetrators of Monday's blasts.

CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper says it's unfortunate that Muslims are often instantly considered suspects in such attacks.

The Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Muslim Peace Coalition USA also condemned the Boston bombings and extended condolences to victims and their families.

Meanwhile, the head of an extremist Jordanian Muslim Salafi group says he's "happy to see the horror in America" after the explosions in Boston.

"American blood isn't more precious than Muslim blood," said Mohammad al-Chalabi, who was convicted in an al-Qaida-linked plot to attack U.S. and other Western diplomatic missions in Jordan in 2003.

"Let the Americans feel the pain we endured by their armies occupying Iraq and Afghanistan and killing our people there," he said early Tuesday.

A Mideast counterterrorism official based in Jordan said the blasts "carry the hallmark of an organized terrorist group, like al-Qaida." He did not give actual evidence.

A Jordanian official said security was beefed up around the U.S. Embassy in Amman. Both officials insisted on anonymity, as they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Boston police say it's too early to get into specifics about the nature of devices or whether shrapnel was involved.

The blasts shattered the end of the race Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry away the injured while stragglers in the 26.2-mile race were rerouted away from the smoking site.

During a live press conference, Davis urged people to stay indoors and not congregate in large groups. "After this incident occurred, there was certainly a lot of people who were running from the scene, some of them deposited bags and parcels they were carrying. Each one of those bags and parcels is being treated as a suspicious device at this point in time. We have multiple EOD teams that are checking each one of these bags."

Davis also urged witnesses with tips to call a hotline: 1-800-494-TIPS. And family members who are inquiring about loved ones can call 1-617-635-4500.

Davis did say hospitals are expected to see 'multiple causalities.'

Attorney General Eric Holder has directed the full resources of the Justice Department be deployed to investigate the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon.

A department official said Holder has spoken with FBI Director Robert Mueller and with Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts. The official said Ortiz's office was coordinating the department's response with the FBI and other federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.

Competitors and race volunteers were crying as they fled the chaos. Bloody spectators were being carried to the medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners.

One woman says she was waiting for her husband to cross the finish line, and, in her words, "it just blew." She described it as "a loud boom, and then glass everywhere." Cherie Falgoust says something hit her head, and she "just ducked."

A runner, Laura McLean of Toronto, says she heard two explosions outside the medical tent. She says, "There are people who are really, really bloody." McLean says, "they were pulling them into the medical tent."

One marathon doctor said, "in some of the patients have already received traumatic amputations at the scene; their legs have been blown off. In this is like a bomb explosion that we hear about in the news in Baghdad or Israel or some other tragic place in the world."

A nurse added, "what really surprised me was number of people and the amount of blood, the amount of injuries."

The first explosion took place at 4:09:44 into the race. The second one could be heard about 10 seconds after the first one. The two explosions were about 550 feet apart.

A law enforcement official says cellphone service has been shut down in the Boston area to prevent any potential remote detonations of explosives.

Authorities have not identified what caused the explosives that erupted at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

President Obama was briefed on the explosions by Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco shortly after 3 p.m., Eastern time.

Shortly after the explosions, Secret Service shut down Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House, cordoning off the area with yellow police tape. Several Secret Service patrol cars also blocked off the entry points to the road.

The White House was not on lockdown and tourists and other onlookers were still able to be in the park across the street from the executive mansion.

Vice President Joe Biden was on a conference call with gun control activists when staffers turned on televisions in his office Monday to view coverage of the explosions. Biden said during the call that his prayers were with those who suffered injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration is warning pilots that it has created a no-fly zone over the site of two explosions at the annual Boston marathon.

The agency said in a notice issued Monday about an hour after the explosions that a no-fly zone with a 3.5-mile radius has been created over 811 Boylston Street. The zone is limited to flights under 3,000 feet in altitude, which is lower than most airliners would fly except when taking off or landing.

The notice says the no-fly zone is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice. Pilots planning flights were urged to call their local flight service station.

The Reno-Tahoe International Airport says it's on a heightened level of vigilance and maintains a high level of security. There is no impact on flight operations at this time. As always, it is recommended passengers allow 90 minutes prior to their scheduled departure for check-in and the security process.

Meanwhile, Chief NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said critical response teams are deployed around the city until more about the explosion is learned. Officials are stepping up security at hotels and other prominent locations.

The only nuclear power plant in Massachusetts has increased security after two bombs exploded in Boston on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens. The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Mass., about 45 miles south of Boston, was already shut down for refueling when the explosions occurred.

Federal officials said Pilgrim has heightened checks of vehicles, materials individuals entering the plant and will take other steps as needed.

Eliot Brenner, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said federal officials have not ordered changes in security at other U.S. nuclear reactors in the wake of the Boston explosions.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has heightened security measures in the aftermath of two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore says the department has opened the Emergency Operations Center, increased patrols for transit and other critical areas including the Los Angeles Dodgers game Monday night.

Whitmore says the department has also increased security around all county buildings and is coordinating with other law enforcement to gather more information about the incident.

Southern California harbors and airports have heightened security after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, causing deaths and injuries.

Airport police chief Patrick Gannon says there are increased patrols Monday at Los Angeles International, Van Nuys and Ontario airports.

Port of Los Angeles spokesman Phillip Sanfield says the twin ports of LA and Long Beach have increased their security procedures by doing critical site checks of property around the port complex.

Farther north, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza says patrol officers are being asked to be extra vigilant around critical infrastructure and areas where large crowds gather.

Esparza said the move is a safety precaution and that the city has received no credible threats.

The department is also going to rethink security for the upcoming San Francisco Marathon in June and the Bay to Breakers foot race in May.

San Jose police say the department is not modifying its field deployment of officers or security at any critical infrastructure sites, like the airport.

British police say they are reviewing security plans for Sunday's London Marathon, the next major international marathon, because of the explosions that hit the race in Boston.

Thousands of people compete in the London Marathon every year, thronging the city's streets. London is also considered a top target for international terrorists.

A London Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed Monday that police are working with marathon officials to review security plans for Sunday's event.

The London race's chief executive, Nick Bitel, expressed shock and sadness about the situation in Boston, saying "it is a very sad day for athletics and for our friends in marathon running."

The NHL says Monday night's game between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins at TD Garden has been postponed in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.

No makeup date has been scheduled.

The league says it "wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place in Boston earlier this afternoon."

Google is stepping in to help family and friends of Boston Marathon runners find their loved ones after explosions near the finish line.

The site, called Google Person Finder, allows users to enter the name of a person they're looking for or enter information about someone who is there.

Cellphone use has been difficult in the Boston area. A law enforcement official says cell service was shut down to prevent any possible remote detonations of explosives. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

Far-flung family members and friends are frantically using social media to check on the safety of runners and spectators after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon, killing two and injuring dozens.

Online: http://google.org/personfinder/2013-boston-explosions/

(AP, CNN, CBS News)

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