yesterday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon, killing three and injuring over 150 others. The bombs were placed 500 feet from one another and exploded about 12 seconds apart. Many runners stated they assumed the explosion was either part of the festivities or that a transistor had blown due to increased power use in the area. Others described the bombs as sounding like large celebratory cannons. It wasn't until the second explosion and the sight of dark smoke rising that hysteria ensued. The carnage was unfathomable as medical personnel, already on-site to assist runners, were recruited to help those who were injured. Doctors were forced to perform emergency amputations and other procedures often associated with warzones.
"Those responsible will feel the weight of justice," yesterday. Police, FBI and counterterrorism agents are investigating possible motives for the bombings. At this time, though, there's nothing conclusive. Authorities have confirmed they are questioning several people, including two Saudi nationalists—a doctor and a young man visiting on a student visa. The FBI was given consent to in Revere, MA, a suburb slightly north of Boston. Police were seen leaving the apartment with several trash bags and a duffel bag, but law enforcement officials said the preliminary search turned up nothing linking the student to the incident. There are still no official suspects named in the case.
Investigators are continuing to search for answers as to why this attack was planned. They're also asking for pictures and videos from the event that could provide clues. Dial 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) for information on how to submit.
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