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The Boston Marathon explosion

Published by Guardian on Tue, 23 Apr 2013

THE quick response of security and medical personnel to last Monday's massive explosions that ripped through the finish line of the Boston Marathon in the United States is highly commendable. The prompt response of the nation's leaders, from the Mayor to the President is also worthy of commendation. Fire fighters were readily available, and as usual, plunged into the disaster with a view to minimising casualty. Everyone who needed to be there to tackle the emergency was there. This unrelenting commitment to duty is the mark of good citizenship and humanity.Life is sacrosanct and must never be compromised. The explosions left two people dead and many others injured in what is seen as the most devastating explosion in America since 9/11. No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, even as authorities are working round the clock to unravel the brains behind the tragedy.The incident is a lesson to Nigeria, where similar blasts have become commonplace in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency. Quite often, however, such deadly blasts occur without security or medical personnel showing up promptly to attend to victims. Also, there is often news blackout, unlike what is happening in the U.S now where Americans receive hourly updates. Authorities in Nigeria should take a cue from what has happened in Boston. Diligence and promptness should underpin response in the event of an emergency. Above all, terrorism does not pay and can never win. As President Barack Obama said at the inter-faith service in honour of victims, the resolve of all citizens is the greatest rebuke to the perpetrators of terrorism.
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