Another terror attack was carried out on American soil on Monday as 2 people have been confirmed dead while more than 100 others were injured in two bomb explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon at Copley Square on a day that was observed as a holiday in Boston, Massachusetts. The marathon attracted well over 25,000 runners and is held annually on Patriots’ Day.
About an hour and a half after the first runner had crossed the finish line, there was an explosion in the sidelines which was followed by another one seconds after. A third explosion followed at the JFK Library which is located about 5 miles from the scene of the first two explosions. Ed Davis, Boston’s Police Commissioner described it as an “ongoing event”. Though he said police was not sure whether the explosion at the JFK Library was related to the explosion at the marathon, he said “they are being treated as if they are”.
Emergency workers moved in swiftly and the area was subsequently cordoned off. The airspace in Boston too has been closed.
Massachusetts General Hospital confirmed it was treating 19 injured people with six of them in critical condition. Tufts Medical Centre confirmed that 9 people were brought in fromn the venue of the explosion. The police have warned people in Boston to stay indoors. Meanwhile, two other devices were reportedly discovered and have been rendered safe as one was dismantled and a controlled explosion carried out on the other.