Yesterday afternoon, Monday, the city center of Boston, Massachusetts was rocked by a pair of explosions occurring near the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest such event with more than 23,000 runners participating. Three persons including an eight year old boy waiting at the finish line for his father who was a competitor were killed and about 176 injured in what U.S. authorities have referred to and are investigating as an “act of terror.” Today’s Amandala is reporting that two Belizean marathon runners participated in the marathon yesterday, at least one of whom, a David Hyde, was reported as having completed the race and left the area before the explosions occurred to treat a cramp he suffered while running. Reports also are that legendary Belizean Masters-class runner Ezekiel “Wally” Usher was also a participant. The newspaper had no report at press time Monday on his situation. 17 persons were reported in critical condition after the attack, which is now being investigated at the highest levels of U.S. law enforcement.