Kazakhstan Offers Condolences to Americans Following Boston Marathon Bombings

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan sent a letter of condolences to U.S. President Barack Obama today in connection with the bombings in the city of Boston.

According to the press service of the Akorda presidential residence, the letter says Nursultan Nazarbayev was deeply saddened by the news of many victims of the terrorist actions.

The President of Kazakhstan noted that the proliferation of terrorism has today become a common threat to all countries. The letter notes that Kazakhstan condemns all forms of extremism and terrorism, which threaten international security and bring instability to the world.

“In this difficult time, on behalf of the people of Kazakhstan and myself I express sincere condolences to the families and relatives of those who perished, and to the American people, and I wish a speedy recovery to all the injured,” the letter said.

The two bombs detonated without warning at 2.50 pm on Monday on the finishing line of the Boston Marathon.

According to Reuters news agency, “the devices used gunpowder as the explosive and were packed with ball bearings and other shrapnel to maximise injuries.”

In his televised address to the people of the U.S., President Obama said, “We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake — we will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this. Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”

While the investigation is underway, the number of victims is reported to be three and there was at least 140 injured.

At least 17 people are reported critically wounded, and injuries include a number of amputations. An eight-year-boy is reported among the dead. Also, according to The Guardian, four more children of age nine, seven, twelve and two are severely injured.

Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest marathon, this year it celebrated the 117th anniversary and has the greatest media coverage in the USA amid the sport events. This year there were 23,000 runners from the USA and more than 90 countries, with more than 500,000 spectators.

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