Boston bombing: Headlines, reactions from Senate and Obama


Two explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, killing at least two and injuring at least 170. Among the headlines today:

  • The Boston Globe has the latest on the event, its aftermath and law enforcement’s search for the perpetrators. Among the news here is that the bombs appeared to contain shrapnel intended to cause injury.
  • The Globe also says Sen. Mitch McConnell, speaking in the Senate, says American “complacency” is to blame for the bombings, as it has returned to levels “prior to Sept. 11.”
  • CNN reports that President Barack Obama called the bombing an “act of terror” and has indicated the FBI is investigating.
  • The Washington Post tells the story of marathon bystander Carlos Arredondo, who jumped over a fence to assist wounded people and is featured in a widely published photograph helping a man in a wheelchair.
  • Boston police questioned one man who was injured in one of the explosions, but he is not a suspect, reports the Boston Globe. The man, a native of Saudi Arabia in Boston for school, is 20 years old.
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