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President Obama addressed a nation devastated by the Boston Marathon bombings that left two dead and over 100 injured. In his speech, the President remembered the victims, authorized the FBI to investigate the tragedy and assured the country that justice will be served. See excerpts below:

On Investigating the Tragedy:

“We continue to mobilize and deploy all appropriate law enforcement resources to protect our citizens, and to investigate and to respond to this attack.”

On Terrorism:

“This was a heinous and cowardly act.  And given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism.  Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror.  What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why; whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual.  That’s what we don’t yet know.  And clearly, we’re at the beginning of our investigation.”

On The Victims:

“Obviously our first thoughts this morning are with the victims, their families, and the city of Boston.  We know that two explosions gravely wounded dozens of Americans, and took the lives of others, including a 8-year-old boy.”

On The First Responders:

“Boston police, firefighters and first responders as well as the National Guard responded heroically, and continue to do so as we speak. It’s a reminder that so many Americans serve and sacrifice on our behalf every single day, without regard to their own safety, in dangerous and difficult circumstances. And we salute all those who assisted in responding so quickly and professionally to this tragedy.”

Watch the full speech below:

Keep those impacted by the Boston marathon bombings in your thoughts and prayers.

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