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15-04-2013, 21:57
Two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon have left at least two dead and 23 injured, and police have found and are dismantling at least two other explosive devices.

Source - BBC

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Across the forums on the web people are blaming the US Government and saying they have planted them so they have a reason to go to war with North Korea or bring in another Law.

15-04-2013, 22:08
Conspiracy theories are a full time hobby in the States.
Another despicable and cowardly attack against innocent civilians.

If it turns out to be North Korea (or whoever else) then they deserve what is coming to them.

15-04-2013, 23:16
Another bomb explosion in the JFK library killing 2 and injuring more than 100

15-04-2013, 23:17
Another bomb explosion in the JFK library killing 2 and injuring more than 100

They have just said the fire at JFK Library was not related to the other two bombs.

19-04-2013, 15:32
WHEN Barack Obama declared on the day of the Boston bombings that the perpetrators would “feel the full weight of justice”, few had imagined that justice would be so swift. But on April 18th, just three days after the attack, police released pictures of two suspects. That night, the pair killed a policeman in Cambridge, a suburb of Boston. A chase ensued, and one of the two was killed in Watertown, another nearby suburb, early on the 19th. A massive manhunt is underway for the second.

Police identified the two suspected bombers as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was 26, and Dzhokar Tsarnaev, his younger brother, who was 19. They are of Chechen origin, from a region neighbouring Chechnya, a restive Muslim province of Russia. But they had been living in America for several years, along with various relatives. The older brother was studying at a local community college. Why they would have launched the attacks, and whether they did so on their own or with help, remains unclear, although suspicion will immediately fall on Islamic terror groups.

The twin bombings, near the finish line of the Boston marathon in the closing stages of the race, killed three people: an eight-year-old boy and two young women. Another 180 or so were injured. At least 13 people lost limbs. That makes the attack the most deadly act of terror in America since September 11th 2001, apart from mass shootings.

To add to the alarm the bombings caused, the authorities intercepted two letters, one addressed to Barack Obama and another to Roger Wicker, a senator, which appeared to contain ricin, a lethal poison. A fire followed by an explosion at a fertiliser factory in west Texas on the night of April 17th, which killed at least five people, increased the sense of apocalypse. An aggrieved constituent of Mr Wicker was arrested on April 17th, suspected of sending the poisoned letters; but he has not been tied to the bombings. And there is no indication that the fire at the factory was anything but a horrific accident.

The FBI, sifting through the mass of video footage and photographs of the bombing scene provided by broadcasters, security cameras and bystanders, quickly homed in on shots of the two suspects, and made them public. A few hours later, the pair seem to have tried to rob a convenience store. Police from MIT, a nearby university, came to the scene. The brothers shot one of them, and hijacked an SUV in an attempt to escape. They exchanged gunfire with police and threw explosives before crashing the hijacked car in Watertown. In the ensuing exchange, Tamerlan was shot and killed while Dzhokhar escaped.

Boston is now at a standstill. Police have sealed off Watertown, and are advising residents to stay in their houses and not to admit any strangers. The city was already flooded with police, soldiers and other security forces, both to ward off further attacks and to help with the investigation. State troopers stand watch outside metro stations; whole squadrons of national guardsmen march back and forth on Boston Common, a park a few blocks from the site of the bombings. Barricades festooned with flowers and notes of condolence block access to the immediate area of the blasts, as investigators pore over it in the hunt for evidence.

Fragments retrieved from the scene suggest that the bombs were constructed from six-litre pressure-cookers packed with gunpowder, a simple detonator and shrapnel in the form of nails and ball-bearings, intended to cause horrific injuries.

The simple but effective design of the bombs, which may have cost as little as $100 to make, is similar to countless improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that have inflicted casualties on civilians and Western troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Instructions for building such bombs can be easily found on the internet. The bombs’ lack of sophistication suggests they were either the work of a lone individual or a small group with limited resources.

In 2010 an online magazine, Inspire, published by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, ran an article entitled “How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom”. Inspire, aimed at aspiring young jihadists in America and Britain, was edited by Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan. Both were American citizens who were killed by the same drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

Little is known about the Tsarnaev brothers, however, including whether they drew inspiration or assistance from such quarters. The coming days will presumably reveal much more. But the notion that the perpetrators of such a bloodthirsty attack could have been living in the country without attracting any unwanted attention will be especially chilling to many Americans.