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April 20, 2013

A nation responds

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WASHINGTON —

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano commended national, state and local law enforcement officials and first responders “who have been and continue to work tirelessly to get to the bottom of the senseless attacks in Boston, and defend and protect the American public.”

FBI Director Robert Mueller also praised the agencies and officials involved in the investigation and cited public cooperation as important to the successful outcome.

“The investigation will continue as part of our efforts to seek answers and justice, and there will be no pause in that effort. But tonight, I wish to thank all those who worked so tirelessly throughout the week in the pursuit of safety and justice,” Mueller said.

Three people were killed and more than 180 injured in Monday’s twin marathon explosions. The manhunt to track down the suspects resulted in the death of an MIT policeman and severely wounded another officer.

The two suspects were identified by authorities and relatives as ethnic Chechens from southern Russia who had been in the U.S. for about a decade and were believed to be living in Cambridge, Mass.

Obama urged the public against rushing to judgment as officials seek answers to the many questions that remain.

“When a tragedy like this happens, with public safety at risk and the stakes so high, it’s important that we do this right,” he said. “That’s why we take care not to rush to judgment — not about the motivations of these individuals, certainly not about entire groups of people.”

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