Italy calls Boston bomb attack 'cowardly'

Monti sends message to Obama to express Rome's support

Italy calls Boston bomb attack 'cowardly'

Rome, April 16 - Outgoing Italian Premier Mario Monti has sent a message to United States President Barack Obama to condemn the Boston bomb attack and give Rome's support to the American people. Three people were killed and at least 132 injured in two explosions in the area of the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday in the worst bombing on US soil since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Monti described the bombings as a "cowardly act of violence that provokes scorn" and had caused "suffering and horror" in the message. "In these tragic moments, we are profoundly close to the American government and the American people with feelings of fraternal solidarity," Monti said. "I especially express profound condolences to the families of the victims and our sincerest best wishes to the injured. "I'm certain that even in these painful circumstances, America will know how to respond while reaffirming its great fundamental values of civilisation". Boston police sources said that at the moment there were no reports of any Italians being hurt in the bombings, but they stressed that it was still too early to be certain. Obama pledged that the US authorities would track down the people behind the blasts. "Make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find out who did this," the president said. "Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice".

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