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President Calls Boston Bombings an 'Act of Terror'

Tuesday morning the President gave a brief update on the Boston Marathon investigation in which he, for the first time, described it as an "act of terror."

"This was a heinous and cowardly act and given what we now know it is being investigated by the FBI as an act of terror," he announced.

The President went on to praise first responders, medical personnel and the people of Boston for their reactions to the bombing incident. He summed up by saying that if you want to know "how we respond to evil, that's it."

The President also urged people to remain vigilant, suggesting that they need to speak up if they see anything which seems out of the ordinary.

As to the who set off the blasts and why, the President made clear that while this is an act of terror it could be the work of one individual or of a group, either foreign or domestic. "We do not know who did them" he stated, "we don't have a sense of motive yet."

The President left the podium and did not take any questions. The entire briefing lasted less than five minutes.


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