The North East Islamic Diversity Centre has condemned the 'horrific' attacks in Boston.
It has issued a statement saying that whoever is behind the attacks is a murderer and should be dealt with accordingly.
The Centre added that 'there is no place for terrorism in the religion of Islam."
Our thoughts are with those who have suffered a great loss as a result of these tragic events. From an Islamic perspective, our stance is and always will be this: there is absolutely no place for terrorism in the religion of Islam.
A runner from Newcastle has described how he avoided being caught up in the deadly Boston Marathon explosions.
Some 347 of the 25,000 taking part in the race were British and several told of the aftermath of the two blasts.
45-year-old Craig Smith, from Newcastle, who was competing in the race with a group of three other runners, told the Newcastle Chronicle that he was asked to leave a medical tent so people injured in the blasts could be treated.
"The whole area around the finish was in lockdown and I struggled to get my bag back.
"We're all reflecting on how we could have been involved had we run faster or slower.
"Boston is the best marathon in the world and what has happened is cynical and disgusting."
– Craig Smith
The management consultant completed the run in 3 hours 18 minutes.
The Chairman of the Sedgefield Harriers, Ean Parsons, escaped the explosions at the Boston Marathon by minutes. He crossed the finish line shortly before the two bomb blasts. He has sent ITV News these photos of the marathon.
Runners from Newcastle were among those to witness the bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon. Craig Smith said he was being treated for fatigue when the explosions happened. The Heaton Harriers confirmed their members in Boston were all safe.
Sedgefield Harrier Ean Parsons says he has had a lucky escape after completing the Boston Marathon just minutes before two bombs exploded at the finish line, killing two people and injuring many more.
53 year old Ean said, "There was a huge explosion and then 30 seconds later we heard a quieter one, but we were told it was actually bigger than the first. You think to yourself, 'Is it a gas explosion or is it a bomb?'
"As I was approaching the finish line, I remember thinking, 'I'll only be here once,' so I was taking in everything. I remember seeing all the people cheering on the grandstand.
"Then when I later watched the coverage on the television I saw the grandstand blown to bits. I can still remember the faces of the people who were sitting there just hours earlier."