WASHINGTON (PIX11) — President Barack Obama is now officially calling the Boston Marathon bombings an “act of terrorism.” During a press briefing Tuesday, Obama vowed to find the perpetrators and motives behind Monday’s deadly attack and bring them to justice.
“This was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism,” he said after a briefing with his national security team. “Anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.”
A day earlier, the President held off using the word “terrorism” when addressing the bombings that killed 3 and injured more than 170.
It was after Obama was briefed by FBI Director Robert Mueller and other law enforcement officials, where the administration determined that it was indeed terrorism that unraveled in Boston as runners made their way past the finish line.
Earlier in the day, the President’s former adviser David Axelrod speculated that the Commander In Chief wanted to be certain what they were dealing before using the word “terrorism,” even suggesting that ‘Tax Day’ may have been a factor.
“The word has taken on a different meaning since 9/11,” Axelrod said in an interview on MSNBC, referring to the terms terrorist attack. “You use those words and it means something very specific in people’s mind. And I’m sure what was going through the president’s mind is — we really don’t know who did this — it was tax day. Was it someone who was pro–you know, you just don’t know.
As the investigation into the bombings continues, officials say a motive remains unclear and no specific suspects are in custody.