3 dead, 100 injured following explosions at the Boston marathon

3 dead, 100 injured following explosions at the Boston marathon

US President Barack Obama has made it very clear US authorities will do whatever it takes to find those responsible for this mornings explosions at the Boston City Marathon.

2 blasts about 15 seconds apart have claimed the lives of at least 3 people this morning and injured at least 100.

Earlier, Boston police also believed a third incident at the city’s JFK Library was related, but they have since quashed that theory.

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President Obama says he has been briefed by the country’s homeland security adviser and the FBI, and while details are unclear, he has promised action.

He has also promised federal assistance to local authorities, where ever it is required.

Two high-level US law enforcement sources have told Reuters, one, or more bombs are responsible for the explosions.

The New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne says in response to the explosions, New York police are stepping up security.

Browne says New York police are deploying counter-terrorism vehicles around landmarks in Manhattan, including prominent hotels.

At least 27,000  people were participating in the race today.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Julia Gillard says Australians thoughts are with all those involved in the incident in Boston.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is not aware of any Australian victims, but they have set up a hotline for those concerned.

Ms Gillard says the incident overshadows such a great sporting event.

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Amy joined the NRN team in August 2011, before graduating from a B of Arts (Communication-Journalism)/B of Sports Studies from Charles Sturt University in December 2011.

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