Boehner Calls Boston Marathon Explosions ‘A Terrorist Attack of Some Sort’

Patrick Burke | April 16, 2013 | 12:51pm EDT
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) . (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

( -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the explosions that occurred yesterday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing at least three and wounding over 170 could be defined as “a terrorist attack of some sort.”

At a Capitol Hill rpess conference on Tuesday, a reporter asked Boehner, “Federal law enforcement is still trying to figure out what happened. Some of your colleagues are already calling it a planned terrorist attack. The information that you have been briefed on, do you believe that it was a planned terrorist attack?”

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Boehner said, “We can describe it a lot of different ways but it was a terrorist attack of some sort,” Boehner said on Tuesday during a press conference devoted to what happened in Boston.

“Now, again, until we know who or why, I don’t think we can further define it. There’s just not enough information at this point in time,” he said.

Boehner later added that he spoke with President Barack Obama yesterday evening about the attack and expressed confidence that more will be known about the attacker(s) and motives.

On Monday, two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing at least three individuals, one of whom was an 8-year-old boy, and injuring over 170. Law enforcement also found two other explosive devices.

Yesterday, President Obama said those responsible for the attack will “feel the full weight of justice.”

“We will find out who did this. We'll find out why they did this,” Obama said. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”

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