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Saturday 27 December 2014

Boston Marathon bombs cause 'pandemonium'

A Boston Marathon competitor and Boston police run from the area of an explosion near the finish line in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh)  MANDATORY CREDIT
A Boston Marathon competitor and Boston police run from the area of an explosion near the finish line in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh) MANDATORY CREDIT
Injured people and debris lie on the sidewalk near the Boston Marathon finish line following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh) MANDATORY CREDIT
Injured people and debris lie on the sidewalk near the Boston Marathon finish line following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh) MANDATORY CREDIT
An injured person is helped on the sidewalk near the Boston Marathon finish line following an explosion in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh) MANDATORY CREDIT
One of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon is investigated by a person in a protective suit in the wake of two blasts in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Blood from victims covers the sidewalk on Boylston Street, at the site of an explosion during the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013. At the right foreground is a folding chair with the design of an American flag on the cover. Two explosions shattered the euphoria of the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday, sending authorities out on the course to carry off the injured while the stragglers were rerouted away from the smoking site of the blasts. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
An unidentified Boston Marathon runner leaves the course crying near Copley Square following an explosion in Boston Monday, April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: A woman looks on as runners pass near Kenmore Square after two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two people are confirmed dead and at least 28 injured after at least two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: People react to a suspicious package on the corner of Dartmouth and Stuart St after two bombs exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two people are confirmed dead and at least 28 injured after at least two explosions went off near the finish line to the marathon. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

A man from Belfast who was taking part in the Boston Marathon has described the pandemonium caused by the attack.

Michael Roberts, 61, had finished the race and was in the medical tent close to the explosion when the bombs started to go off.

"There was two bangs and I said 'I'm from Belfast – I know that sound – it's a bomb'," he told UTV.

"Then within a few minutes there was pandemonium in the medical tent.

"It was all over in a flash. It reminded me of Belfast. I recognised the sound.

"I am fine now but these things take their toll."

The two explosions, which went off with the marathon clock at 4:09:44, have left three people dead and at least 140 injured.

One of the dead was an eight-year-old boy, US media said.

At least 17 people are critically wounded, officials say, and the injuries include several amputations.

The FBI has taken over co-ordination of what it described as a "potential terrorist inquiry".

A third explosion at the nearby JFK Library was also confirmed by Boston Police.

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