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Authorities Pursue Clues Following Boston Bombing
Authorities searched an apartment near Boston while seeking video and other evidence at the site of the twin explosions that killed three people and injured more than 100 at the finish line for the Boston Marathon on Monday, Reuters reported.
The FBI and other federal agencies took a number of bags from the apartment in the city of Revere, according to the Christian Science Monitor. The resident was said to be a Saudi Arabian student hurt on Monday, according to Reuters.
One law enforcement source told the New York Times that the man had been interviewed and found to have no link to the incident.
The perpetrator and the reason for the attack remain unknown.
The attack involved two bombs left in trash receptacles. They killed an 8-year-old boy whose father was running in the race; the boy's sister and mother were also injured. In total, 176 people required hospital care, including two brothers who each lost the lower half of one leg.
President Obama vowed on Monday that those behind what the White House termed "an act of terror" would be caught and "feel the full weight of justice."
"What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why; whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual," he added in comments on Tuesday. "That's what we don't yet know. And clearly, we’re at the beginning of our investigation."
New York City and other major metropolitan areas around the nation beefed up security in the wake of Monday's strike, Reuters reported.
The FBI is in charge of the probe with assistance from state, local and federal agencies including the CIA and National Counterterrorism Center, Reuters reported separately.
Also involved are the Boston Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Government Executive reported.
“There are no known current threats,” said Rick DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston office. “We are interviewing witnesses at various locations and have received voluminous tips in the past 18 hours.”
“Our investigation will not be confined to the city limits of Boston. This will be a worldwide investigation,” the Washington Post quoted DesLauriers as saying on Tuesday.
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