04/16/2013, 00.00
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From Asia solidarity, but also criticism of the United States after Boston Marathon attack

The Taliban in Pakistan have denied any involvement. Manmohan Singh sends condolences from India. Indians in America condemn terrorism with religious roots. The Council on American-Islamic Relations asks for prayers for the victims and promises to help capture the perpetrators. China news of massacre is widely broadcast without filters or censorship. Others criticize American policy in the Middle East, "the cause" of this violence. In Boston, the death toll grows: three dead, including a child of 8 years. Hundreds of wounded dozens are critical; several need amputations.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - The news of the two bombs that exploded during the Boston Marathon has generated an avalanche of solidarity on the Asian blogosphere. But here and there is also some criticism of U.S. policy, especially in the Middle East, seen as the cause of this terrorist attack.

Yesterday at 14.50, local time, two bombs exploded near Copley Square in Boston, almost at the finish line of the amateur marathon which draws young and old, children, people with disabilities. The explosions caused the death of three people, among them a child of 8, who was with his mother to watch his father compete in the race. The father and mother of the child are among the hundreds injured. At least 17 of them are in a critical condition, and some have had to undergo amputations.

Police said they had not previously received any sign of possible attacks. So far no group has claimed responsibility. For fear of terrorist attacks, security has been increased in New York and Washington.

The Boston Marathon this year brought together about 25 thousand runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators.

In China, on websites and blogs, there has been an outpouring of sympathy for the pain of Americans. One post in particular has provoked a lot of interest: that of a Chinese journalist who claims to have been among the spectators in Boston, and who reported news of the explosions and the situation in real time.

Some comment on appreciating the freedom of the media in the U.S., "All websites and television stations are reporting live, there is no reporting ban", reads one post adding in reference to China, "the need to change news coverage has become more and more pressing".

Other comments criticize the United States for its policy in the Middle East. Danhong Wu, an assistant at the University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, noted angrily that many sympathizers of the victims of yesterday "choose to ignore that in early April U.S. troops in Afghanistan killed 17 civilians, including 12 children, in an attack against the Taliban. And on the evening of 14 April, a U.S. drone killed four people in Pakistan. "

From Pakistan, the Taliban have denied any involvement in the attack yesterday. In the past, Islamist groups have claimed - more or less directly - participation in attacks on American soil, among others, the attempted 2010 attack in Times Square (New York). But this time they deny any wrongdoing. Asked by the agency AFP, the Taliban spokesman Ehsan Ehsanullah while claiming the legitimacy of "attacks on the United States and its allies," added that "we are not involved in this act."

In India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, condemning the violence in Boston, expressed solidarity with the U.S. in the fight against terrorism. He wrote a message to President Barack Obama, expressing astonishment and sadness for the "outrageous" attack.

Associations of Indians in America have condemned the blasts: "Terrorism - says the Punjabi group - has no religion or race or nationality. Whoever the culprit, no religion justifies this act of violence. We must remain united against extremism."

The Council for American-Islamic Relations, through its Director Nihad Awad, condemned ", condemn in the strongest possible terms today's cowardly bomb attack on participants and spectators of the Boston Marathon. We urge people of all faiths to pray for the victims and their loved ones and for the speedy recovery of those injured. We also call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators".

 The people of Malaysia have entrusted Twitter condolences for the attack on the United States to the popular social network. The hashtag "Boston Marathon" and # prayforboston were soon trending among users of the Asian country. Marathon runner Chin Ann, who is set to race in the Philippines this weekend, ensures that he will pray for the dead and observe a minute of silence. He has also written on his profile that "the joy of running a marathon will never be the same." Even the user Aric Ting expresses shock and mourning for the attack and ensures "prayers from Malaysia to Boston" for the "tragic event. My heart and my prayers are with the families and friends of the victims."

 

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