From VOA Learning English, welcome to AS IT IS. I’m Mario Ritter.
“This was a heinous and cowardly act. And given what we now knowabout what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism. Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.”
That was President Obama describing the bomb attacks in Boston,Massachusetts. Today, we briefly describe what happened in Boston on Monday. Later in our program, we will hear about a deadly viral disease in China.
That was the sound of one of the explosions in Boston. Three people died as a result of the bombings. More than 170 others were wounded.Reports say the bombs were designed to hurt as many people as possible.
The investigation is moving forward quickly. No individual or group has claimed responsibility. Investigators are studying the bombed areas, video images and other evidence.
President Obama spoke to the American people hours on Tuesday. He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, had important questions to answer.
“What we don’t yet know however, is who carried out this attack or why, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization foreign or domestic, or was it the act of a malevolent individual.”
The two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.The area was crowded with runners, their supporters and families. The 42-kilometer race had started about four hours earlier.
The president praised the bravery of emergency workers and runners who donated blood after the long-distance race. He had this to say abouttheir response.
“So if you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil, that’s it: selflessly, compassionately, unafraid.”
The bombings took place on Patriot’s Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts. The Boston Marathon has been a part of the celebrations for more than 100 years.
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1.heinous adj. 可憎的；极凶恶的
They are capable of the most heinous acts.
2.viral adj. 滤过性毒菌引起的；滤过性毒菌的
WHO will work in close collaboration with all our partners to prevent and control viral hepatitis.
3.malevolent adj. 恶毒的；有恶意的；坏心肠的
We must thwart his malevolent schemes.
4.compassionately adv. 同情地；慈悲地；富有同情心地
He smiled compassionately at her.