Saudi suspect held in deadly Boston Massacre

crime | Apr 15, 2013 | By Martin Barillas

Boston police are holding a Saudi national for questioning following the deadly bombing this afternoon at the Boston Marathon finish line. The 20-year-old suspect is under guard at a local hospital. It is not clear whether the suspect was injured by the blast or in the process of his arrest by police. According to the New York Post, the suspect was arrested less than 2 hours after the 2:45 pm blast in Copley Plaza, the heart of Boston.

 
Boston police have surveillance CCTV footage that shows a suspect carrying several backpacks to the site. Bomb experts are combing the area for any other explosive devices that may be present.
 
According to the New York City daily, law enforcement says that 12 persons have died as a result of two blasts on April 15. Dozens have been injured. Photos and video taken at the scene have shown at least one police officer was seriously wounded, as well as numerous civilians. The Red Cross has set up an emergency response center at the bombing site.
 
There were reports that a third explosion occurred at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. A reporter described it as an "incendiary device." However, a library official has since declared that there was a fire in a mechanical room that was unrelated to the blasts at the Marathon.  The library bombing occurred about 4:30 p.m. and more than a mile from the marathon.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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