Boston bomb probe yields image of possible suspect

By AFP
Published: April 18, 2013
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The Boston Globe said a department store surveillance camera and private photographer may have caught a suspect planting one of the two bombs. PHOTO: AFP

The Boston Globe said a department store surveillance camera and private photographer may have caught a suspect planting one of the two bombs. PHOTO: AFP

BOSTON: US investigators on Wednesday said they found an image of a suspect who may have planted the homemade bombs that killed three people and maimed scores more at the Boston marathon.

The image could mark a breakthrough in the hunt for perpetrators, two days after the explosions that wounded 180 people. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will visit the city Thursday in a show of solidarity.

Boston remained on edge, as the federal courthouse and part of a hospital were evacuated, while conflicting reports of an arrest brought a stern rebuke from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

A law enforcement official told AFP “there’s an image of a person, of a potential suspect,” and officials are working “to locate and identify that individual.”

The Boston Globe said a department store surveillance camera and private photographer may have caught a suspect planting one of the two bombs set off at the finish line of Monday’s marathon.

Separate media reports indicated there were pictures of the suspect running away while other people slumped to the ground in the blast.

With no claim of responsibility made for the attack, the FBI said it has launched a “worldwide” hunt.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick told CNN the investigation “is going to be slow, it’s going to be methodical,” and asked the public to be patient.

“Not everything at every minute, with due respect to the curiosity of people, and the media, can be disclosed. Because some of that may compromise the investigation,” he said.

The FBI meanwhile released photographs of the mangled metal remnants of a pressure cooker believed to have been used for one of the bombs, which sprayed nails, ball bearings and metal pellets into the huge crowds.

The lid of one pressure cooker was found on the roof of a nearby hotel, the owner told AFP. Shreds of black nylon bags believed to have been used to carry the bombs have also been found.

Doctors at hospitals, where the critically injured were taken, say ball bearings and nails taken from patients were being used in the investigation.

George Velmahos, Massachusetts General Hospital’s chief of trauma surgery, said the metal was being handed over to police. He said 12 nails were taken from inside one patient.

Peter Burke, chief trauma surgeon at Boston Medical Center, also said the metal pieces were being set aside for police. He said some of the nails were about five centimeters (two inches) long.

Evidence is being collected for analysis at the FBI’s main laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.

Similar, easy-to-make devices are used as roadside bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq, but have also been used by domestic extremists in the United States.

US authorities have thrown virtually every investigative agency into the hunt for Monday’s bombers, with more than 1,000 officers working in Boston alone, said Rick DesLauriers, head of the FBI’s Boston office.

Obama has condemned the attack as “an act of terror” and vowed that the attackers “will feel the full weight of justice.”

The US leader and his wife Michelle will attend a special inter-faith service for the victims at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Thursday morning.

About 100 of the injured have left Boston hospitals but many remain in critical condition and will require new operations.

Boston’s federal courthouse and part of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where many victims were taken, were evacuated on Wednesday.

Hundreds of people went to the courthouse after reports that a suspect had been arrested for the attacks.

But the reports were denied by Boston police and the FBI criticized what it called a number of “inaccurate” press reports since the attacks.

“Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting,” it said in a statement.

Boston has held emotional tributes to the dead, who include eight-year-old boy Martin Richard, restaurant manager Krystle Campbell and Lu Lingzi, a Chinese graduate student at Boston University.

About 1,000 people attended a candlelight vigil in a park near the boy’s home on Tuesday night and hundreds went to other events.

Hundreds of students attended a memorial service for Lu at Boston University and thousands of tributes were posted on Chinese websites.

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  • Apr 18, 2013 - 1:58PM

    Boston police denies report of arrest in Marathon blasts

    rtilive.pk/2013/04/18/boston-police-denies-report-of-arrest-in-marathon-blasts/

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  • Apr 18, 2013 - 5:59PM

    Here are the faces of terror

    Americans are expected to welcome such people with open arms and give them fair treatment ? I don’t think they will…

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  • cautious
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:56PM

    The US leader and his wife Michelle will attend a special inter-faith service for the victims at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Thursday morning.
    ..
    Pakistan leadership could learn a lesson or two from Obama – quick to respond to tragedy – quick to calm his nation – doesn’t assign unwarranted blame – and tries to bring together different faiths.

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  • Nayla
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:04PM

    @Jat – I’d take that photo with a grain of sald. NY Post is a gossip rag. They have not officially released the photos, so that photo is WRONG. I’ve seen the guy in the blue jacket’s facebook page. He FREAKED out and posted he was going straight to the police because he’s innocent. He locked his facebook page a while afterwards. He is a runner. He ran in the marathon himself and crossed the finish line well before the bombs went off. I feel really sorry for him, and I hope he is able to SUE the NY Post!

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  • Nayla
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:06PM

    I wish they would hurry up and release the photo of the acutal suspect, so people on the internet will stop speculating and posting photos of innocent people!

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  • Raj - USA
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:29PM

    @cautious:
    You say:
    “Pakistan leadership could learn a lesson or two from Obama – quick to respond to tragedy – quick to calm his nation – doesn’t assign unwarranted blame – and tries to bring together different faiths.”

    In US it is only leaders like Obama and his family who try to bring together different faiths. Whereas, in Pakistan the whole nation rises up instantaneously, with full conviction, vigor and valor. Did you not see how thousands came out firing guns to protect Rinkle from her family and even the CJ took her to protective imprisonment in an Islamic institution? They take care to see that as soon as a hindu girl reaches 10 years of age, she is led in the right path. Want confirmation. Read in recent ET news the statement of the hindu lady who is contesting for elections. Did you not see that the peace loving public even warned the christians to vacate their homes a day or two before they set 200 christian homes on fire? Don’t you not see that they do not kill randomly and always check ID cards to make sure. Interfaith harmony is ensured and enforced by making sure there is only one faith and one sect that remains. US may lead by its leaders but in Pakistan these moral and ethical principles are taught and enforced in every home. Parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, daughters, sons, husbands, wives and everyone in the family and neighborhood ……. all preach, practice and participate actively.

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  • Abdullah Haq
    Apr 19, 2013 - 2:10AM

    I just pray that the perpetrators of this terrorists should not have any remotest link with back home- we Pakistanis here have had enough of suspicious eyes & comments from citizens in past :(
    The media here also is very harsh on anything about Pakistan & publishes elaborate reports with malicious intent.

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  • It's not us
    Apr 19, 2013 - 8:27AM

    That was what I praying for….because our “Desi People” life style has totally changed in USA.
    @Abdullah Haq:

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  • Jat
    Apr 19, 2013 - 7:01PM

    @Nayla: “@Jat – I’d take that photo with a grain of sald. NY Post is a gossip rag.”

    You are right; and the report on NY Post proved to be false. But the new emerging truth is even worse for Pakistan. Watch this space…

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