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April 18th, 2013

Police Hunt For Answers in Boston Marathon Attack


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Three people are dead and nearly 180 hurt in Boston after two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon ripped through the crowd of bystanders Monday afternoon. One of those killed in the blasts was identified as 8-year-old Martin Richard who had attended the race to watch his father run. His mother and sister sustained serious injuries and remain in the hospital.

People tend to a woman injured in the blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

People tend to a woman injured in the blasts near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

More than 20,000 runners had entered the race and thousands of spectators had traveled from around the world to celebrate. The explosions were timed to the four-hour mark, when a large number of runners would be crossing the finish line.

No suspects in the attacks have been named publicly, and no one has claimed responsibility. Investigators will be combing through the crime scene for days trying to figure out who mounted the attack and why.

In a statement yesterday, President Obama warned, “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”

“We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But make no mistake. We will get to the bottom of this. And we will find out who did this. We will find out why they did this.”

In a statement Tuesday morning, the president said they were officially investigating the blasts as an “act of terror”.

Race officials react to the first blast at the finish line of the marathon.

Race officials react to the first blast at the finish line of the marathon.

Horror at the scene of the attacks

The two blasts near the finish line of the marathon on Boylston street in downtown Boston went off within 12 seconds of each other. Another explosion and fire happened soon after at the nearby John F. Kennedy Library, although the Boston police commissioner said it was not related and caused no injuries.

Bystanders at the scene described the horror following the blasts.

“I saw about 20 or 30 people like in a pile, right there, you know, who were just down,” Dr. Albert Pendleton told the NewsHour. Dr. Pendleton was volunteering at the finish line when the force of the explosions knocked him to the ground. “There were probably another 20 or 30 people who able to hobble out of the way.”

Other observers took to social media to broadcast their experiences.




Investigators search for answers

As investigators search for the persons or groups responsible for the attacks, the FBI and other law enforcement are urging spectators to turn in any video or audio they may have captured at the Marathon finish scene.

“It’s our intention to go through every frame of every video we have,” said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. “This was probably one of the most photographed areas in the country yesterday.”

New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof reported via social media that an airport security official in Boston was asking each person in line if they had any photos or tips that could help find the perpetrator.

The Associated Press reports that investigators searched a residence in the Boston suburb of Revere. The police did not arrest anyone, but left “carrying brown paper bags, plastic trash bags and a duffel bag.”

Despite numerous reports of unexploded packages throughout the city yesterday, no other explosive devices have been found.

“We are dealing with the most complex crime scene in the history of our department,” said Commissioner Davis.

“We will go to the ends of the earth,” he continued. “This cowardly act will not be taken in stride.”

— Compiled by Allison McCartney for NewsHour Extra

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