Obama: Boston Attack ‘Heinous and Cowardly’

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(CNN) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the Boston bombings were a “heinous and cowardly act” that the FBI is investigating as an act of terrorism.

“Any time bombs are used to target civilians, it is an act of terrorism,” Obama said, adding that it remained unclear who carried out the attack and why.

At an earlier news conference, Mayor Thomas Menino said, “Boston will overcome.”

Three people, including an 8-year-old boy, died in the bombings, and more than 175 people were wounded.

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Lindsay Buckingham April 16, 201311:35 am

President Obama: No sense of motive yet. Everything else is speculation. As we have more information, we will make sure to keep American people posted.

Lindsay Buckingham April 16, 201311:34 am

President Obama: The people of Boston will continue to respond in a heroic way. You can expect further briefings from Boston law enforcement officials throughout the day.

Lindsay Buckingham April 16, 201311:34 am

President Obama: We all have a part to play in alerting authorities. If you see something suspicious, speak up.

Lindsay Buckingham April 16, 201311:33 am

President Obama: “What the world saw yesterday were stories of heroism, kindness, generosity and love.”

Lindsay Buckingham April 16, 201311:32 am

President Obama: “We do not know if it was carried out by a terrorist organization or an individual.”

Lindsay Buckingham April 16, 201311:32 am

President Obama: This was a heinous and cowardly act.

Lindsay Buckingham April 16, 201311:31 am

President Obama: Our first thoughts this morning are with the victims, the families.