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Washington: President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States did not yet know who was responsible for blasts at the Boston marathon but he vowed to find those accountable and punish them.

"We don't yet have all the answers," Obama said. "We still do not know who did this or why," he added, hinting that he believed the explosions were planned but stopping short of calling them a terrorist attack.

"We will get to the bottom of this. We will find out who did this. We will find out why they did this," Obama said in a short televised statement from the White House briefing room.

"Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice."

"We will find out who did this and we will hold them accountable."

The US president was swift to make on camera remarks about the blasts after being accused of being slow to respond to previous incidents, including an attempted bombing of a US jetliner over Detroit, early in his first term.

He appeared on camera just 15 minutes before main evening network television news bulletins, and after being briefed on developments in Boston by FBI Director Robert Mueller and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

"Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people," Obama said, adding that Americans would say a prayer for the city on Monday.

Meanwhile, Boston police said Monday that what was initially thought to have been a third explosion in the city near the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library had in fact turned out to be a fire.

Shortly after twin blasts at the city's annual marathon killed at least two people, Police Chief Ed Davis told a press conference that a further blast had occurred at the library.

However, the Police Department later issued an updated statement on Twitter in which it said the "JFK incident appears to be fire related," and Davis also said the third incident was not linked to the two earlier explosions.

While there is yet no official word on whether the blasts at the marathon were an act of terrorism, New York and other cities took extra precautions.

Police in the nation's capital of Washington, DC -- which like New York was a target of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks -- have also "heightened security," spokeswoman Saray Leon told AFP.

AFP

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