By Meghashyam Mali - 04/16/13 12:25 PM EDT
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, on Tuesday called the a Boston bombings well-planned "terrorist attack" and said intelligence officials had no prior indication of the plot.
“Clearly this was a terrorist attack,” said King on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It was coordinated, there were multiple explosions, you had someone who was able to penetrate security.”
King said he had received briefings on threats to the U.S. recently and that there was no indication any groups were planning to target the Boston Marathon.
“I received two top secret briefings last week on the current threat levels and there was no evidence of this at all, no intelligence that seemed to be out there,” he said.
The blasts which targeted the Boston Marathon finish line on Monday killed at least three and left scores wounded.
President Obama spoke to the nation Monday evening and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The president did not describe the bombings as “terrorism,” but a White House official said he was treating the incident as an “act of terror.”
Investigators were still looking into the case on Tuesday and said they were unsure if the terror attack, the first on U.S. soil since the November 2009 mass shooting in Fort Hood, Texas, was foreign or domestic in origin. Officials stressed that they did not have a suspect.
But King said he was hopeful that law enforcement would be able to track down those responsible, saying that the bombings had left investigators with important evidence.
“There is a lot of evidence, information available,” said King.
“Law enforcement is going to be able to move very quickly on this,” he predicted.
The New York lawmaker, who served as Homeland chairman before stepping down last year, said the attack was also a reminder of the need to provide law enforcement with proper funding.
“We have some friends in Congress who are talking about cutting back on Homeland Security funding, who say that the police are getting to much money to fight terrorism, who say we haven’t been attacked, why is all the money needed,” he said.
King said local law enforcement “need the support of Homeland Security to get the funds they need to stop these attacks.”
“This should be wake-up call to everyone that the war against terrorism is far from over. We are never fully safe, the post-9/11 world we live in we need to be on the lookout for something like this every day,” he said.