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Boston Marathon Bombing Possible Suspect Identified

Boston Marathon Bombing possible suspect identified

A Source Says Individual Identified as ‘Suspect’ in Marathon Bombing

CNN is reporting that a source involved in the investigation of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon is reporting that the authorities have a “possible” suspect.  An arrest may be imminent.

Video from a department store near the second blast, and from a Boston television station have given the FBI a possible breakthrough.  The source told CNN that they may also have found a lid to one of the pressure cookers, used to make the bombs, on a roof.

The attack is still undefined as domestic or foreign terrorism.

“If your experience and your expertise is Middle East terrorism, it has the hallmarks of al Qaeda or a Middle East group,” former FBI Assistant Director Tom Fuentes said. “If your experience is domestic groups and bombings that have occurred here, it has the hallmarks of a domestic terrorist like Eric Rudolph in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics bombings.”

Fuentes said he has investigated both types of terrorism, from Iraq to the United States, and finds the Boston attack has elements of both. “It has the hallmarks of both domestic and international (attacks), and you can see either side of that.”

The facts as known by the FBI are:  The bombs exploded 12 seconds apart.  At least one of the bombs was manufactured using simplistic but effective “pressure cooker” assembly, and was loaded with shrapnel, intended to maim or kill as many as possible.  It was inside a mesh backpack.  The total number of victims who are deceased is 3 and the total number of injured is 183.

The FBI has received more than 2,000 tips, and are meticulously examining each of them.

“Someone knows who did this,” said Rick DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office. “Cooperation from the community will play a crucial role in this investigation.”

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express