In remarks from the White House this morning, President Obama said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating yesterday’s bombing at the Boston marathon “as an act of terrorism.”
“We do not yet know who carried out this attack or why, whether it was carried out by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or a malevolent individual,” the president said, while stating that any act in which civilians are targeted wantonly constitutes an act of terror.
He went on to praise the first responders who came to the aid of the wounded. “The American people refuse to be terrorized, because what the world saw yesterday were stories of heroism and kindness and generosity and love,” he said. “If you want to know who we are and what America is, how we respond to evil, that’s it: selflessly, compassionately unafraid.”
The official toll of yesterday’s bombing now stands at 176 injured, 17 critically so, and three dead, including an eight-year-old boy.
The latest reports indicate that the FBI and bomb disposal officers raided an apartment in the Boston suburbs said to belong to a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian man in the country on a student visa. The young man is currently in the hospital after sustaining burns from the blast.