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FBI: Boston Bombs Packed in Pressure Cookers

Remains of pressure cooker that FBI says was part of one of the bombs that exploded during the Boston Marathon, April 17, 2013.
Remains of pressure cooker that FBI says was part of one of the bombs that exploded during the Boston Marathon, April 17, 2013.
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The FBI says the two bombs that exploded Monday at the Boston Marathon were carried in a dark-colored bag, and possibly consisted of pressure cookers packed with nails and ball bearings.

FBI examiners are looking at fragments recovered from the scene, as they try to piece together how the attack happened.  

Authorities do not have any suspects, and are asking the public to send in any photos or videos taken along the marathon route to help find who was responsible.

Watch related video report by VOA's Richard Green
Comprehensive Investigation Underway Into Boston Marathon Bombingi
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April 16, 2013 5:22 PM
U.S. federal investigators have launched a massive investigation into Monday's twin bombing at the Boston Marathon that left at least three people dead and more than 140 others injured. VOA's Richard Green has the latest on the investigation, and the global reaction to the tragedy.
VOA correspondent Carolyn Presutti, reporting in Boston, says police are also asking people to call in any possible tips.
 
Deadly bombings in the United States

  • April 15, 2013: Twin blasts at the Boston Marathon kill at least 3, injure more than 140
  • September 11, 2001: Hijacked jets crash into World Trade Center, Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field killing nearly 3,000
  • July 27, 1996: Atlanta Summer Olympics bombing kills 2, injures more than 100
  • April 19, 1995: Car bomb at Oklahoma City federal building kills 168, injures more than 500
  • February 26, 1993: Van explosion in World Trade Center garage kills 6, injures more than 1,000
  • December 29, 1975: Bomb at New York's LaGuardia Airport kills 11, injures 75
  • September 16, 1920: Bombing in New York's Wall Street area kills 40, injures hundreds
"'Somebody knows something' was the last thing I heard from one of the law enforcement officials.  They said if any person that you know mentioned the date of the marathon with the intent of doing something wrong on that day, let us know," said.  "They have received more than 2,000 tips, and the police say they are not letting any of those tips be ignored.  They are paying attention to all those tips, following up on all those tips in hopes that they get the break they need in this case."

Reward offered

Police and firefighters unions in Boston have offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The FBI agent in charge of the case says investigators will "go to the ends of the Earth" to identify who carried out the bombings

Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger said after a security briefing Tuesday it is not likely that al-Qaida or any foreign government was involved because of the lack of prior intelligence.

Related video report by VOA's Jeff Seldin:
 
Boston Bomb Blasts Resonate Around the Worldi
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April 17, 2013 12:12 AM
The impact of the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon, where three people were killed and more than 170 people were wounded, is being felt around the world. The international community has been offering the United States and the victims comfort and support. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more.
Two blasts seconds apart killed three people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, including an eight-year-old boy. One-hundred-76 people were injured. A number of them lost limbs.  

U.S. President Barack Obama called it a "heinous and cowardly act of terrorism."  He ordered American flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims. The president will attend an interfaith service in Boston for the victims on Thursday.

Getting back to normal

VOA's Presutti said more people were out on the streets of Boston on Tuesday, with memorials springing up at barricades along the race route as they city tries to heal.

"The memorials consisted of flowers, t-shirts, notes, some clothing, and the one thing that struck me at this one memorial that we saw was a framed medal.  It was a medal that someone had been given for finishing the Boston Marathon, and they put this medal in a frame, and they put a really nice saying next to it.  It said something to the effect of, 'I finished the race, but I know a lot of you didn't get to see your loved ones finish the race,' or 'You didn't get finish the race so I give you my medal because I already had my congratulations at my finish line," she said.

  • In this image from video provided by WBZ-TV, spectators and runners run from what was described as twin explosions that shook the finish line of the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • An emergency responder and volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo in the cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheel chair after he was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 15, 2013.
  • Medical workers transport the injured across the finish line during the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion, April 15, 2013.
  • Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion, April 15, 2013.
  • One of the blast sites on Boylston Street near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon is investigated by two people in protective suits in the wake of two blasts in Boston April 15, 2013.
  • Runner John Ounao cries when he finds friends after several explosions rocked the finish of the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • A police officer clears Boylston Street following an explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • Medical workers aid a wounded woman at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following two explosions there, April 15, 2013.
  • Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, April 15, 2013.
  • A woman is comforted by a man near a triage tent set up after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • A Massachusetts state police officer guards the area containing the medical tent, rear, following an explosion at the 2013 Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • An unidentified Boston Marathon runner leaves the course crying near Copley Square following an explosion, April 15, 2013.
  • A Boston police officer wheels in injured boy down Boylston Street as medical workers carry an injured runner following an explosion during the 2013 Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • Justine Franco of Montpelier, Vermont, holds up a sign near Copley Square looking for her missing friend, April, who was running in her first Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013.
  • President Barack Obama leaves the podium after speaking in the press briefing room at the White House, April 15, 2013, following the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Presutti also described the city Tuesday night lit up in various spots in support of those injured and killed.  The displays included a bridge featuring yellow and blue lights to match the marathon's colors and a building at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology glowing with the red, white and blue of the American flag.

Wounded healing

A doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital said Tuesday 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 Sunday's London Marathon, the next major international marathon.  

Marathon winner reacts

The blasts in Boston 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.  

Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2013.Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2013.
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Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2013.
Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the men's division of the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2013.
Ethiopian athlete Lelisa Desisa was the winner.

“I feel very sorry about the lives lost in these senseless explosives attacks.  All of us runners had gone back to our hotel rooms to get ready to catch a flight back to Washington when we heard the TV news about the blasts," he said. " What happened yesterday [Monday] will not keep me from entering future marathons.  It’s not going to intimidate me.”

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by: kERRI from: Boston
April 17, 2013 10:28 AM
Disturbing is the habit of the FBI’s posing as terrorists with ties to Al Qaeda, approaching patsies who they then provide explosives and other weapons to, and help engineer an attack which they then “foil” to make spectacular headlines. Many times real explosives are test-detonated with suspects, before inert devices are switched in for the final attack.

In one case in Portland Oregon in 2010, a van was actually parked next to a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony where the FBI-entrapped suspect attempted and failed to detonate an FBI-provided inert bomb.

More astounding was the fact that the FBI had actually brought this same entrapped suspect earlier to a location in Lincoln County, Oregon, where real explosives were in fact detonated. The FBI’s official statement titled, “Oregon Resident Arrested in Plot to Bomb Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Portland,” released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on November 26, 2010 stated (emphasis added):

by: MATT from: UK
April 17, 2013 10:25 AM
Sometime before 1775, American Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin wrote:


They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Across much of the West, after September 11, 2001, we have indeed given up our essential liberty, and more over, our dignity in exchange for the illusion of safety. Our streets and public events are filled with militarized police and very literally soldiers wielding machine guns and riding around in armored vehicles. And yet with this militarized security, invasive Constitution-violating searches, warrantless wiretaps, humiliating pat-downs by federal security at airports, terrorist bombs still managed to rip through the streets of Boston killing 3 and injuring many more.

There is nothing more symbolic of the fall of America as a free people than scenes of impotent militarized police standing around aimlessly with their immense arsenal cradled in their idle hands in the wake of an attack their presence did nothing to prevent. What’s more, is their presence after the attack was likewise useless, their weapons and armor incapable of doing anything to help the scores of injured.

We have given up our liberty and our dignity in order to obtain a little temporary safety – and predictably we have neither liberty nor safety.

by: Koni from: USA`
April 17, 2013 10:22 AM
All the hallmarks of a STAGED event by the FBI or Govt and the blame will be put on someone else. A staged event to usher in the TOTALITARIAN STATE.
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