Wednesday, 17 April 2013
FBI Investigates: Could It Be Pressure Cooker, Backpacks That Caused The Explosion?
BOSTON – FBI agents zeroed in on how the Boston Marathon bombing was carried out — with kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel — but said they still didn’t know who did it or why.
An intelligence bulletin issued to law enforcement and released late Tuesday includes a picture of a mangled pressure cooker and a torn black bag the FBI says were part of a bomb.
The bureau and other prominent law enforcement agencies repeatedly pleaded for members of the public to come forward with photos, videos or anything suspicious they might have seen or heard.
President Barack Obama branded the attack an act of terrorism but said officials don’t know “whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual.”
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Richard DesLauriers, FBI agent in charge in Boston, told a news conference that the “range of suspects and motives remains wide open.” He said the investigation is “in its infancy” and that evidence — including fragments of BBs and nails, as well as pieces of black nylon that could have been part of an “unusually heavy” backpack or bag holding the bombs — has been sent to the FBI lab at Quantico, Virginia, where technicians will try to reconstruct the devices. He said it is not known how many people set the bombs.
He vowed to “go to the ends of the Earth to identify the subject or subjects who are responsible for this despicable crime.”
Scores of victims of the Boston bombing remained in hospitals, many with grievous injuries, a day after the twin explosions near the marathon’s finish line killed three people, wounded more than 170 and reawakened fears of terrorism. A 9-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy were among 17 victims listed in critical condition.
Victims: Martin Richard, 8 (left), and Krystle Campbell, 29, a restaurant manager from Medford, Massachusetts, were among the people killed in the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday