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Captured Boston bomber suspect is dead

Police believe they have shot dead one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and were searching for another who was at large in the Boston suburb of Watertown, officials said on Friday.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Fri 19 Apr 2013, 10:17 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 12:58 PM

“One suspect dead. One at large. Armed and dangerous. White hat suspect at large,” Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis tweeted.

One of the bombing suspects was photographed wearing a white hat.

Later, Davis told reporters of the man at large: “We believe this to be a terrorist. We believe this to be a man who has come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody.”

The massive police operation was under way after the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Thursday released pictures and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, enlisting the public’s help in identifying two men wearing backpacks and baseball caps in the crowd minutes before bombs exploded near the finish line.

A massive police operation was under way in the Boston suburb Watertown, where Massachusetts State Police warned people not to open their doors.

Police were conducting a door-to-door, street-by-street search due to what it called a fluid situation.

Photos of Boston suspects released

Investigators released pictures and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, enlisting the public’s help in identifying two men in the crowd minutes before bombs exploded near the finish line.

A 30-second video shows the men known only as Suspect 1 and Suspect 2 walking single file a few paces apart along Boylston Street in central Boston. One wears a dark baseball cap and sunglasses. The other has a white baseball cap turned backwards.

The time stamp is 2:37 p.m., roughly 13 minutes before two bombs backed with nails and ball bearings tore through the crowd, killing three people and wounding 176 including at least 10 who suffered amputations.

“Suspect 2 set down a backpack at the site of the second explosion,” said Richard DesLauriers, the FBI special agent in charge in Boston. That image was kept from the public.

The FBI received a “high volume” of phone calls and web traffic after releasing the pictures, a bureau spokeswoman said. Statistics would be reported on Friday, she said.

The pictures were released a few hours after President Barack Obama delivered a stirring address to an interfaith service at a Boston cathedral, telling the city, “You will run again.”

He promised resilience in a message to Boston and by extension an entire country unsettled by a momentous week.

Two days after the worst attack on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001, a man was arrested on suspicion of mailing the deadly poison ricin to Obama and a massive explosion at a fertilizer factory devastated a small Texas community, killing at least 14 people and rattling windows up to 50 miles (80 km) away.

“As you begin this long journey of recovery, your city is with you, your commonwealth is with you, your country is with you,” Obama said about a mile (1.6 km) from the Boston bomb site. “We will all be with you as you learn to stand and walk and, yes, run again. Of that, I have no doubt. You will run again.”

Afterward, Obama met with bomb victims at Massachusetts General Hospital. Doctors at all the hospitals where victims were taken reported similar trauma for many patients: legs shredded by shrapnel and skin burnt by the blast.

Plea to the public

The FBI previously asked the thousands of people who congregated near the finish line to submit photos and video taken at the crime scene. That combined with media coverage of the marathon and surveillance cameras gave investigators an abundance of images to review.

The team discovered the first suspect “within the last day or so,” DesLauriers told a news conference. That enabled them to connect him to the second man.

“Somebody out there knows these individuals as friends, neighbors, co-workers or family members of the suspects,” DesLauriers said, while cautioning people that the men were considered armed and extremely dangerous.

A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said that at various times over the last few days investigators thought they might have identified the men in the pictures. But all the tentative identifications proved uncorroborated, which is why the FBI decided to make the images public.

Investigators hoped the men would be identifiable within hours of the release of the pictures and video, a national security official said, also speaking on condition of anonymity.

Investigators were looking at the men for some period of time before deciding to make the videos public, and they had extensive video and still pictures to justify the FBI decision to label the two men as suspects, the official said.

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