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More Details Emerge about the Deadly Boston Bombing

April 16th 2013

Boston marathon bomb

The FBI is looking for information from anybody who may have seen someone carrying a very heavy dark bag shortly before Monday's twin bombings at the Boston Marathon. Investigators have found pieces of black nylon which they say may have come from a backpack at the bomb site.

The FBI says the range of suspects is wide open, but that no one has claimed responsibility. It says authorities will "go to the ends of the Earth" to identify those responsible. Maryland Democrat Dutch Ruppersberger said after a security briefing on April 16 it is not likely that al-Qaida or any foreign government was involved because of the lack of prior intelligence.

Security experts in the UK, however, pointed out that the type of device used was very similar to improvised explosive devices traced to al-Qaida and related terrorist organizations. Investigators now theorize that at least one of the bombs that was detonated at the Boston Marathon finish line was contained in pressure cooking that flung pellets and other metal debris into the blast radius, thus causing deadly injuries. Similar bombs have been used in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere against U.S. and allied military targets.

Two blasts seconds apart killed three people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, including an 8-year-old boy and a 29-year-old woman. The injured amount to 176 people, some of whom lost limbs to traumatic amputations. At least ten persons are still in critical condition in area hospitals.

President Barack Obama called the attack a "tragedy" and a "heinous and cowardly act of terrorism." The chief executive ordered American flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims. Obama will attend an interfaith memorial service in Boston for the victims on April 18.

Counterterrorism officials said the bombs were made using explosives packed in pressure cookers with pieces of metal, pellets and nails meant to hurt as many people as possible. According to VOA news, a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital says those victims listed as critical are improving. He called the wounded "amazing people" and that he was touched to hear victims who lost a leg say how glad they are just to be alive.

Cities worldwide stepped up security following the explosions. In Britain, police said they are reviewing security plans for the April 21 London Marathon, the next major international marathon. On April 17, Britain will mourn former prime minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher while security will be tight. Mourners from the U.S. include former Vice President Dick Cheney and various Republican officials. Neither Obama or Vice President Joseph Biden will attend.

The blasts took place about four hours into the race, long after the marathon winners had finished, but when many of the slower runners were crossing the finish line with family members and friends waiting to congratulate them.  More than 23,000 runners from around the world competed.

Officially, there are no designated suspects in the case as police and federal investigators comb the site of the blasts for evidence. A Saudi national was questioned at an area hospital after the blast, as was a roomate in Revere MA, but police say he is not under arrest.

Cutting Edge Senior Correspondent Martin Barillas also edits Speroforum.com

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