April 16, 2013

Terror in Boston

Bomb blasts at the marathon finish line kill three, injure more than 140 and leave a bloody scene described as 'what we expect from war'

By JIMMY GOLEN/The Associated Press

BOSTON - Two bombs exploded Monday in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing at least three people and injuring more than 140 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs.

Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon
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Runners approach the finish line of the Boston Marathon just as an explosion erupts Monday, one of two that took place about 10 seconds and about 100 yards apart. The blasts knocked spectators and at least one runner off their feet, shattered windows and sent dense plumes of smoke rising over the street. As many as two unexploded bombs also were found near the end of the 26.2-mile course as part of what appeared to be a well-coordinated attack, but they were safely disarmed, said a senior U.S. intelligence official.

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A White House official called the explosions an act of terror. "Any event with multiple explosive devices -- as this appears to be -- is clearly an act of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

At the White House, President Obama vowed that those responsible will "feel the full weight of justice."

The fiery twin blasts took place about 10 seconds and about 100 yards apart, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet, shattering windows and sending dense plumes of smoke rising over the street and through the fluttering national flags lining the route. Blood stained the pavement, and huge shards were missing from window panes as high as three stories.

As many as two unexploded bombs also were found near the end of the 26.2-mile course as part of what appeared to be a well-coordinated attack, but they were safely disarmed, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation.

"They just started bringing people in with (missing) limbs," said runner Tim Davey of Richmond, Va. He said he and his wife, Lisa, tried to shield their children's eyes from the gruesome scene inside a medical tent that had been set up to care for fatigued runners, but "they saw a lot."

"The (tents) just kept filling up with more and more casualties," Lisa Davey said. "Most everybody was conscious. They were very dazed."

As the FBI took charge of the investigation, authorities shed no light on a motive or who may have carried out the bombings, and police said they had no suspects in custody. Officials in Washington said there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Boston station WBZ-TV reported late Monday that law enforcement officers were searching an apartment in the Boston suburb of Revere. Massachusetts State Police confirmed that a search warrant related to the investigation into the explosions was served Monday night in Revere but provided no further details.

The Los Angeles Times, quoting a federal law enforcement official, said authorities were questioning a Saudi national who was taken to a Boston hospital with injuries. The official also said authorities are "desperately seeking" a Penske rental truck seen leaving the race site.

Police said three people were killed. An 8-year-old boy was among the dead, according to a person who talked to a friend of the family and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Hospitals reported at least 144 people injured, at least 17 of them critically. The victims' injuries included missing limbs, broken bones, shrapnel wounds and ruptured eardrums.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, Alisdair Conn, chief of emergency services, said: "This is something I've never seen in my 25 years here ... this amount of carnage in the civilian population. This is what we expect from war."

Some 23,000 runners took part in the race, one of the world's oldest and most prestigious marathons.

One of Boston's biggest annual events, the race winds up near Copley Square, not far from the landmark Prudential Center and the Boston Public Library. It is held on Patriots Day, which commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution, at Concord and Lexington in 1775.

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People react to the second explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday.

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Emergency responders tend to injured people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon after Monday’s explosions. Three people were killed and more than 140 were injured.

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A Boston Marathon runner cries as she leaves the course near Copley Square on Monday.

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An injured person is helped on the sidewalk near the finish line after Monday’s explosions. Some victims were treated in a medical tent that had been set up to assist fatigued runners.

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