Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Astronauts send condolences to victims of Boston Marathon terror attack

Astronauts send condolences to victims of Boston Marathon terror attack, The six astronauts aboard the International Space Station are among the many people sending condolences to the people of Boston after two explosions went off at the finish line of the city's famous marathon this afternoon (April 15) in what is being called a terror attack.

"Our crew just heard about the horrible events at the Boston Marathon. We all pass our condolences and thoughts to everyone affected," Expedition 35 commander Chris Hadfield said via Twitter, where he posts as @Cmdr_Hadfield.

Two large explosions, just 50 yards apart, went off shortly before 3 p.m. EDT Monday, more than four hours into the race.

One of the explosions happened near the entrance of the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Copley Square. The blast scattered hundreds of onlookers and runners, and left a bloody scene of injured spectators, including children.

Boston police officials have confirmed that the blasts killed at least three people including an eight-year-old child and wounded more than 130 others.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has designated this tragic event as a terrorist attack but are not saying as of yet, whether a domestic or international terrorist group is responsible.

President Barack Obama addressed the nation briefly Monday evening around 6:10 p.m. EDT and promised a firm response.

"We will get to the bottom of this and we'll 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."

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