In the Muslim world there were concerns about who might be blamed; in Britain thoughts turned to their own marathon set to take place Sunday. In its aftermath, the Boston Marathon bombings became a global news story, appearing on front pages in places ranging from Argentina to Turkey.
Max Fisher of the Washington Post reported Monday afternoon on the fear that spread throughout the Muslim world that a potential bomber might turn out to be someone who practiced the same faith. He pointed attention to Jenan Moussa, a reporter for Al Aan TV based in Dubai. Moussa tweeted: "The thought of every Muslim right now. RT @LibyaLiberty Please don't be a Muslim.
#BostonMarathon." This morning Moussa retweeted words of condolence from a Muslim cleric saying, "We need more of these voices."
Saudi blogger and journalist Ahmed Al Omran, posted about the reactions of Saudis to the bombing. A "Saudi national" was apparently being questioned, according to CBS News, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, and other media. The Saudi-owned Al Arabiya reported that two Saudi nationals had been injured in the blast, and Al Riyadh reported on King Abdullah's response. The Saudi newspaper Al Watan ran an image of the bombing on its front page with a headline that reads "Explosions 'Shake' America" in translation.
Many countries' news media covered the fates of their citizens who were on the scene. Standard Digital News from Kenya—the country that produced the female winner of the marathon—reported that Kenyan athletes were evacuated via chartered plane. In Britain the Mirror online featured stories of Brits at the event. But Britain's tabloids, including the Daily Mirror, also went for the more salacious stories. The Daily Mirror's front page even went with the New York Post's reported number of 12 dead, and said that an 'al-Qaeda' suspect was being held.
You can see all of the British front pages via the BBC's Nick Sutton. But of course, not all British media were quite so quick to jump to conclusions, and some of the coverage in that country turned to their own upcoming marathon, and how security would now work at that event. Britain's i newspaper included the Metropolitan Police's action in regards to the London marathon on their front as well. And in France, Le Parisien turned its attention inward as well, with a story on French Interior Minister Manuel Valls stepping up security.
And, as we mentioned, the bombing became front page news around the world. Thanks to the Newseum, we can see some of those front pages.