Boston Marathon Bombs Suspects: New Information About Explosions, Damage And Injuries [VIDEO, PHOTOS & REPORT]
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The Boston Marathon bombs today, April 15, 2013, shocked the world. Officials confirm that two died in the bomb blast that took place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Area hospitals report that 49 are injured.
Three explosions at the Boston Marathon took place, including two at 2:50PM and a third at JFK Library about five miles away from the finish line. It is unclear at this time whether the third is connected to the first two. Get more updates from CNN.
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The race has now been called off and a Red Cross website has been launched to help people find their loved ones who may have been in the Boston area of the bomb.
Now, new information on the Boston Marathon bomb has come to light. Authorities are allegedly holding a Saudi Arabian national as a suspect. Reportedly, the suspect is twenty years old and is under guard at an undisclosed Boston hospital.
It's not clear why the alleged Saudi national was hospitalized or whether he was injured in the attack or in his apprehension. The Boston Marathon bombing suspect was caught less than two hours after the 2:50PM bombing, reported the Hawaii Reporter via the New York Post.
Breaking: Authorities ID a Saudi national as a suspect in Boston Marathon bombings nyp.st/XNBHHr
— New York Post (@nypost) April 15, 2013
UPDATE: 5:30PM EST
According to TPM LIVEWIRE, The Boston Police Department has released a statement saying that no suspects have been taken into custody after the bombing. "At this time, we haven't been notified of any arrests or anyone apprehended," the spokesperson said.
"Honestly, I don't know where they're getting their information from," the spokesperson said. "But it didn't come from us." When asked about a suspect or person of interest in the bombings, a spokesperson with the FBI's national press office in Washington D.C. declined to comment.
UPDATE: 6:06PM EST
Twitter reports show that suspicious packages have been found on the campus of Northeastern University. Allegedly, two suspicious packages have been found at 360 Huntington Ave.
RT@bengl3rt: Two suspicious packages AT 360 HUNTINGTON AVE CONFIRMED BY NUPD. CLEAR OUT @huntnewsnu @bostonglobe — Matt Soleyn (@MattSoleyn) April 15, 2013
#Northeastern suspicious packages identified and secured according to BPD and NUPD — Nicholas Esposito (@NickEspo7) April 15, 2013
Tweets are all claiming that police confirmed the existence of the two packages and they are both now secure, but Dr. Laura A. Wankel, Vice President of Student Affairs at Northeastern University, dispelled rumors, saying "This is INCORRET information".
— Dr. Laura A. Wankel (@NUVPWankel) April 15, 2013
Tragedies such as April 15's Boston Marathon bombing always garner a lot of social media attention. There is an outpouring of sentimentality and messages of love that are sent from all over the world on Facebook and Twitter in the wake of disasters such as this. Twitter went crazy after the events at the Boston Marathon. People tweeted out messages of hope and sympathy to all affected by the tragic event.
For the most part, I'm blown away by the immense humanity and compassion of people on Twitter during these tough times — andy lassner (@andylassner) April 15, 2013
HOTLINES: For families of victims: 617-635-4500 For tips: 1-800-494-TIPS — BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) April 15, 2013
My thoughts are with the family of those who have been injured in Boston and those who have died #PrayForBoston #BostonMarathon #Saudi #JFK — Dean A. S. Hyatt (@DeanASHyatt) April 15, 2013
Right now, connecting with loved ones is the best way to help. rdcrss.org/N3R2yG #BostonMarathon — American Red Cross (@RedCross) April 15, 2013
Whoa, just saw the news on the Boston marathon from Saudi. Terrible, thoughts and prayers go out to all in Boston today — Erik Dier (@WiscoSportsFan) April 15, 2013
What kind of twisted mind plants a bomb at a sporting event like the Boston Marathon? Heart felt sympathy to those affected. — RS4 Marketing Group (@RS4Marketing) April 15, 2013
Watching the news & super sad to hear about the bomb in Boston with pointless deaths & injuries. My thoughts are with the innocent victims. — GEORGINA GRAHAM (@_GeorginaGraham) April 15, 2013