Monday’s explosions that left three dead and countless injured at the annual Boston Marathon have sent shockwaves through the sporting community as athletes take to Twitter to display their emotions.
Paula Radcliffe tweeted: “Situation looks awful, thoughts are with everyone. There are some very sick people out there, who would do something like this?”
The BBC has reported that around 350 British runners were taking part in the event, but they are currently unaware if any of those have been affected.
The Boston Police Department confirmed there were two explosions in the crowd near the finish line. District Attorney Daniel Conley described how ‘civilians [were] running to help the victims alongside the Boston police department’ at the ‘large and disturbing scene’.
Since the news broke, the organisers for the London Marathon have said that ‘high level discussions’ are being held in government as the security measures are reviewed.
Chief Executive for the London Marathon, Nick Bitel told the BBC: “At this stage we fully expect the London marathon to go ahead on the 21st April. We will keep all our runners in contact by email, social media and statements on our website.”
Speaking on BBC Radio Five, Bitel said: “We will not be cancelling, what we are doing, we are reviewing” and that “It is a very sad day for athletics, our immediate thoughts are with the people and their families.”
The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon in the world, first started in 1897. Today the event attracts elite and recreational athletes from around the globe.
Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebrselassie tweeted: “Running brings people together, but what just happened in Boston is terrible. My thoughts are with everybody in Boston.”
Similar feelings were not just shared by the sporting community as celebrities and the public have also taken to social media to pay their respects.
Justin Timberlake tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the city of Boston and all of those affected by this terrible incident” as #PrayForBoston trended worldwide.
Social networks are swarming with unconfirmed suspicions, however further information is due to be released over the coming days as the FBI takes control of the investigation.
FBI launches “potential terrorist inquiry”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has launched what it describes as a ‘potential terrorist inquiry’ following the Boston marathon bombing which claimed the lives of three people.
One of the fatalities, an 8 year old boy, was waiting in the crowd trying to see his father who was competing in the event.
There have been 176 casualties, 17 of which are in life-threatening conditions in hospital with approximately half of those in medically induced comas.
In a press conference last night, President Obama said: “We don’t yet have all the answers. People shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But, make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this.”
Today officials confirmed that only 2 devices were found despite speculation of additional devices, however the crime scene will remain on lock down until all evidence has been gathered.
The FBI has also reaffirmed that there are no other imminent threats.
Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino assured the public: “We got this under control.”
Speaking on behalf of the Boston Police Department, Ed Davidson described it as ‘the most complex crime scene in the history of the department’.
Current theories suggest that a remote explosive mechanism such as that with a mobile phone were used, however it is too early for reports to confirm or deny these suspicions.
Surgeon Dr Peter Fagenholz has said that ‘a number of those affected will require multiple surgeries’ however those with critical injuries are over the age of 18.
“This is work. When this happens we just go to work. The injuries are not ‘other-worldly’ but I can’t say I’ve ever seen this volume of patients [with the same injuries] come in so quickly.”
Overnight, the Boston Police Force searched an apartment in Boston, taking away a large amount of evidence. Despite this there are no alleged suspects.
Authorities will be analysing video and photo evidence as officials describe the marathon as ‘the most photographed event in the world yesterday’.