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April 19. 2013 2:09PM

Kuster and Hoyer discuss Boston manhunt

During a visit to Nashua Congresswomen Ann Kuster (D-NH) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) took time to address the massive manhunt that is currently under way for one of the Boston Marathon Bombing suspects.

Both Kuster and Hoyer agreed that while the bombings were horrific, they ended up bringing the best out of the people there, and proved the resiliency of people from throughout New England.

"I think the most important thing is we have complete confidence in the police and the incredible coordination shown between the Boston Police, surrounding towns and federal authorities. Right now our primary concern is the public's safety," Kuster said.

Hoyer said he thought President Barack Obama hit the nail on the head when he addressed an interfaith service in Boston earlier this week when he said Boston was too strong to let the bombings damage the city’s resolve. He added that while the bombings have been terrible, America as a whole has been lucky that this is the first terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.

"It's a testament to our diligence and the work we have done to prevent these kind of things," Hoyer said.

Hoyer continued by saying that while it will be impossible to fully remove the threat of terrorism in a free society, America has learned from past events and will learn valuable lessons from the Boston bombings that will make it more difficult for similar attacks to be executed in the future.

From the municipal level in cities like Nashua to federal agencies like the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Hoyer said the level of coordination during the manhunt for the two suspects has been an excellent example of the pride and determination inherent to America.

"Everybody just needs to stay tuned to directions from officials and stay safe and allow justice to prevail," Kuster said.

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