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US flags at half staff to honour Boston victims

President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered flags on the White House, US federal buildings, military installations and naval vessels lowered to half-staff to honour victims of the Boston bombings.

world Updated: Apr 16, 2013 22:07 IST

President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered flags on the White House, US federal buildings, military installations and naval vessels lowered to half-staff to honour victims of the Boston bombings.

The billowing Stars and Stripes atop the White House was lowered after Obama signed a proclamation ordering the mourning ritual.

Flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on Saturday in memory of at least three people killed and more than 170 injured in the explosions near the finish line of the Boston marathon on Monday.