- Terror strikes in the United States again as double
bomb blasts at the end of the famous Boston Marathon
claim at least three lives, leaving many wounded and
traumatised. US President Barack Obama vows that
perpetrators would be brought to justice.
Eight year old boy killed as he waited for his dad to
finish the marathon.
Residents in Boston and
indeed the entire United States of America as well as
the world are waking up this morning to the stark
realisation that while the good go about their daily
chores and trying to make life a meaningful experience,
there still lurks within them the messengers of evil,
the praise singers of evil who would do any and
everything to create chaos, unbridled mayhem within
communities that give them succour, a chance to build
and grow and the opportunity to develop talents and work
on dreams in all spheres of human endeavour. As US
citizens stood up as one and condemned the evils of 9/11
so have they vowed in the words of President Obama, that
the hands, brains and minds behind the terror attacks
would be caught and brought to justice. The timing and
size of the blasts show that the perpetrators were bent
on causing maximum chaos, death and injury close to the
site of the finishing line where many would be gathered
to cheer in those crossing that line as well as
participants from all over the world who see the Boston
Marathon as the place to be.
The Boston Herald
carries this banner headline in its online edition -
Blasts kill 3, injure at least 144
Scott Lehigh's piece
paints this graphic picture with a defiant message in
his colum headline
- A tough
blow — but a tougher town indicating that residents of
Boston would not be intimidated by the bombers and their
"It happened when we had almost stopped
thinking it could. We had come to believe we were
safe, that terrorist attacks of this sort were a
relic of our unprepared past, something that
wouldn’t happen again. And then it did. Explosions.
Smoke rising. Sirens screaming. Ambulances racing.
State Police SWAT vehicles lumbering around the
streets. National Guard troops on the Common.
Raymond Kwan, 60, a chemical engineer from Houston,
had finished the marathon just minutes before and
was a block away when the explosions came."
Meanwhile the United
Kingdom authorities have assured all those wishing to
watch and participate in the London Marathon this coming
weekend not to be fazed by the Boston tragedy and that
all will be done to make London and the London Marathon
safe for all - athletes, participants and spectators.
And indeed the London Marathon
went on as planned with the participants showing their
support for the athletes that took part in the Boston
Marathon as well as for the people of Boston who despite
their pain and grief displayed a determination not to be
cowed by the cowards who targeted unarmed and
unsuspecting athletes and other members of the public
including Martin, the eight-year old who was waiting at
the finishing line to usher in his dad who was a part of
the running teams and participants.
Meanwhile the identity of the
bombers are now known worldwide as the chase to grab
them took a massive step forward after the images of 19
and his 26-year old brother
Tamerlan was shown all over the world. In the chase that
ensued, the older brother both originally from the
Russian area of Dagestan was killed in a hail of bullets
fired by security agents while the younger brother,
badly wounded was caught after he was spotted hiding in
a boat that was parked on land.
Reporters who visited the
relations of the two were to learn that no one who knew
them could connect them to such an act as they were not
known to be what is now known as radical followers of a
brand of believers who interpreted the Quoran in quite a
different way as espoused by modern day scholars of the
Daily Mail carried
what was gleaned from investigations - that the bombers
had plans to attack other targets in the United States
using what appeared like crude but very deadly devices
crafted to cause maximum damage to humans that would see
nails, shrapnel and other missiles propelled by the
initial explosions ripping through human tissue.