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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-04-18

US President Barack Obama has spoken at a memorial service in Boston on Thursday, following the twin bomb attack that targeted the marathon there Monday in which three people were killed and over 170 injured.

President Barack Obama made an emotional broadcast address Thursday during a memorial service for the victims of Monday’s bomb attack on the Boston Marathon, which left 3 dead and more than 170 wounded.

Obama declared that there was “a piece of Boston in me” as he paid tribute to a city shaken by what he has called an act of terror.

“Every one of us stands with you,” he declared.

The US President said a day of beauty was shattered when a celebration became a tragedy, but stressed that the city had picked itself up after the bombing “to reaffirm that the spirit of this city is undaunted.”

“You will run again!” he said in allusion to the Boston Marathon. Of the perpetrator, he promised -- “We will find you.”

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino also addressed the crowd.

Obama’s speech came after he was handed a bitter setback on Wednesday in his bid for tighter gun controls in the wake of the Newtown shooting when the Senate failed to muster enough votes to pass expanded background checks for firearms purchases.

Obama has vowed to find the person or people responsible for the blasts, which authorities say was likely produced by home-made bombs hidden in bags left amid the throngs watching the race.

Authorities in Boston were searching for a suspect seen on video taken before the two blasts struck.

No arrests have been made, and the suspect in the video has not been identified by name, two U.S. government officials said.

 

Date created : 2013-04-18

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