Boston: US President Barack Obama on Thursday condoled the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings in Boston in an emotional inter-faith service, vowing to find those responsible for this "senseless" act as he stressed that a "bomb cannot beat us" and the nation will "finish the race."
"Yes, we will find you and yes you will face the justice. We will hold you accountable," said Obama, who arrived here to lead the inter-faith service for the blasts that killed three persons and injured over 180 on Monday.
"The perpetrators of this senseless violence, these small stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build and think somehow that makes them important. That is what they don't understand. Our faith in each other, love for each other...that is our power. That is why a bomb cannot beat us, we don't hunker down... We carry on, we race," he said.
Nearly 27,000 people were participating in the marathon, a popular running event that is held annually on the third Monday of April, when two blasts hit the cheering crowd.
Assuring the city residents that the country "stands with you," Obama said such senseless violence will not dent the resolve of the American people, who will pick themselves up and "finish the race."
"We may be momentarily knocked off our feet but we will pick ourselves us up, we will keep going and we will finish the race... I have no doubt you will run again; your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this act."
Obama said those sought to "intimidate us, terrorise us and shake us from our values that make us who we are as Americans, picked the wrong city."
He expressed confidence that people from across the world will return next year to participate in the marathon, undeterred by this year's tragedy. "This time next year on the third Monday in April, the world will return to this great American city to run harder than ever and to cheer even louder for the 118th Boston marathon. Bet on it," he said as people stood up and applauded his remarks.
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