FBI releases photos of two Boston bomb suspects

BOSTON Fri Apr 19, 2013 12:46am BST

1 of 10. Suspects wanted for questioning in relation to the Boston Marathon bombing April 15 are revealed in this handout photo during an FBI news conference in Boston, April 18, 2013.

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BOSTON (Reuters) - Investigators released pictures of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing on Thursday, seeking the public's help in identifying two backpack-toting men photographed on the crowded sidewalk on Monday before bombs exploded near the finish line.

The blasts that killed three people and wounded 176 began a week of security scares that rattled the United States and evoked memories of the September 11, 2001 hijacked plane attacks.

"Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbours, co-workers or family members of the suspects," Richard DesLauriers, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's special agent in charge in Boston, told a news conference.

"Though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those with information to come forward and provide it to us," he said.

DesLauriers warned the public that the men were considered armed and dangerous.

Both men carried backpacks that were believed to contain the bombs. The FBI identified suspect No. 1 as a man wearing a dark baseball cap and sunglasses. Suspect No. 2 wore a white cap baseball cap backwards and was seen setting down his backpack on the ground, DesLauriers said.

The FBI released a 30-second video of the two men, one walking behind the other, that edited together three different angles. The video appeared to have been taken from security cameras.

A picture of both men in the same frame was taken at 2:37 p.m., about 13 minutes before the two explosions tore through the crowd that had been cheering on finishers of the race.

Investigators believe the bombs were made of pressure cookers packed with shrapnel. Some of the wounded suffered gruesome injuries and at least 10 people lost limbs as a result of the blasts.

Investigators hoped the men would be identifiable within hours of the release of the pictures and video, a national security official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Investigators were looking at the men for some period of time before deciding to make the videos public, and they had extensive video and still pictures to justify the FBI decision to label the two men as suspects, the official said.

At least one other person of interest who featured in crime scene pictures had been ruled out as a suspect. Also ruled out earlier in the week was a Saudi student who was injured in the attacks, the official said.

OBAMA IN BOSTON

President Barack Obama sought to bring solace to Boston and the nation in an interfaith service at a cathedral about a mile (1.6 km) from the bomb site, declaring "You will run again" and vowing to catch whoever was responsible.

He promised resilience in a message directed toward Boston but also to a country that was on edge.

A man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of mailing the deadly poison ricin to Obama and a massive explosion at a fertilizer factory devastated a small Texas community, sending shockwaves at least 50 miles (80 km) away.

Obama said the country stood in solidarity with the victims of the Boston bombs on their road to recovery.

"As you begin this long journey of recovery, your city is with you, your commonwealth is with you, your country is with you," Obama said. "We will all be with you as you learn to stand and walk and, yes, run again. Of that, I have no doubt. You will run again."

After his speech, Obama met with volunteers and Boston Marathon organizers, many of whom cared for the injured, and with victims at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The bombs in Boston killed an 8-year-old boy, Martin Richard; a 29-year-old woman, Krystle Campbell; and a Boston University graduate student and Chinese citizen, Lu Lingzi.

Before his visit, Obama declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts, making federal funding available to the state as it copes with the aftermath of the bombing.

(Additional reporting by Tim McLaughlin, Mark Felsenthal and Daniel Lovering in Boston and Deborah Charles, Mark Hosenball and Roberta Rampton in Washington; Editing by Scott Malone, Daniel Trotta, Frances Kerry and Grant McCool)

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jm.fiuza wrote:
Hopefully the guilty parties will be caught and punished to the full extent of the law.

Our thoughts in Britain are with the injured and families of the dead.

From many years experience of terrorism from Irish Republicans, Muslims and other violent extremists, the important thing is not to let terrorism win by scaring people from carrying on with their lives- and indeed in London we are more than ever determined to carry on with the London Marathon on Sunday.

Apr 18, 2013 10:38am BST  --  Report as abuse
GlobalFamily21 wrote:
We have to regain peace in the Global Family. Communities have to teach Universal Brotherhood and every family has to give more emphasis on developing their children with values and humanity. Developmental Psychology is very important. The criminal behaviour had a lost background-the pure love from their Parents and parental figures. Responsible parents could give birth to a number of great persons. Nevertheless, irresponsible parents and teachers develop so many criminals in the Global Family. Those who spread hatred has to think you will also die one day-just one of us. Live and let live that is humane

Apr 18, 2013 11:02am BST  --  Report as abuse
stevejaxon wrote:
This is by no means intended as any comment whatsoever on the horrific eventswhich took place in Boston. It is entirely addressed to the editorial staff of Reuters for posting a totally misleading headline ie ‘Obama to visit Boston amid search for suspect seen on video’. It was the mention of a ‘suspect seen on video’ that led me to read the article, believing this to be some fresh information. On reading it, however, article there is no mention at all of such a suspect, merely that investigators are looking at video footage to try to find such a person. Such misleading wording is, I would suggest, manipulative and reflects badly on Reuters and the media in general.

Apr 18, 2013 2:41pm BST  --  Report as abuse
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