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Obama On West Texas Explosion: President Offers Support, Prayers After Fertilizer Plant Blast

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 (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama offered his prayers for the victims of an explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, and said federal emergency officials had offered help to local and state officials who are responding to the tragedy.

"West is a town that many Texans hold near and dear to their hearts, and as residents continue to respond to this tragedy, they will have the support of the American people," Obama said in a statement. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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