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The Latest on the Boston Marathon Bombing: What We Know So Far

Here are the latest updates from the aftermath of the deadly bombings at the marathon yesterday.

The Boston Marathon finish line in 2009.
Photo Credit: Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau/Flickr

Update: Sen. Dianne Feinstein told reporters that the Saudi National whose home wassearched in relation to the Boston bombings is not a suspect. 

"As far as I know, he is not a suspect. That's as far as I know," she said. "See this is the problem -- we really don't know. We know one thing. It qualifies, in my book, as a terrorist attack."

Here's a video of Fox News questioning his roomate. News outlets have confirmed that the man isnot a suspect,but has been questioned as a witness.

Update: 29-year-old Krystle M. Campbell, of Medford, Mass., has been identified as the second victim. Her father said the following In a statement reported by Yahoo News:

"My daughter was the most lovable girl," her father, William A. Campbell Jr., told Yahoo News. "She helped everybody and I'm just so shocked right now. We're just devastated. She was a wonderful, wonderful girl. Always willing to lend a hand."

In a press conference earlier today President Obama called the Boston bombing an act of terrorism, but reiterated that investigators do not know the group or individuals responsible, or their motives. The President added: 

We also know this: The American people refuse to be terrorized because what the world saw yesterday in the aftermath of the explosions were stories of heroism and kindness and generosity and love — exhausted runners who kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood and those who stayed to tend to the wounded, some tearing off their own clothes to make tourniquets; the first responders who ran into the chaos to save lives; the men and the women who are still treating the wounded at some of the best hospitals in the world and the medical students who hurried to help saying, when we heard, we all came in; the priests who opened their churches and administered to the hurt and the fearful and the good people of Boston who opened their homes to the victims of this attack and those shaken by it. So if you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil, that’s it: selflessly, compassionately, not afraid.

 

Meanwhile, the Boston Herald has identified the roomate of the man questioned by police in connection with the bombing. The Globe reports:

A Revere man today said police informed him his roommate was injured by shrapnel at the Marathon before searching his apartment and questioning him for hours last night.

 

“He’s sweet and kind and a good person,” Mohammed Hassan Bada, 20, of Saudi Arabia of his roommate, who he said is a 22-year-old also from Saudi Arabia, here to study English in Boston.

Bada said he doesn’t believe his friend had anything to do with yesterday’s deadly explosion.

The father of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old killed in the blast, issued a statement via WBZ-TV in Boston:

My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries. We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.

A day after explosions ripped through the crowd watching the end of the Boston Marathon, there are no suspects in custody and some of the injured remain in the hospital. The boy who was killed by the bomb has been identified, while the Federal Bureau of Investigation has vowed that their investigation will be “worldwide.” Those are some of latest updates from the aftermath of the deadly bombings at the marathon yesterday, which killed three people and injured 176, according to the Boston Police Department.

There remains little information about who carried out the attack or why it happened. An FBI press conference this morning did little to provide more details. “We will go to the ends of the Earth to find subject or subjects responsible for this despicable crime,” said FBI agent Rick DesLaurie at the press conference. Law enforcement officials pleaded with the public to provide any video or photo they may help with the marathon investigation. “I would encourage you to bring forward anything. You might not think it’s significant, but it might have some value to this investigation,” a Massachusetts state police officer said at the press conference.

Last night, police agents searched an apartment in Revere, Massachusetts and removed items from the residence. The apartment reportedly belongs to a young Saudi national, and a lot of media coverage has honed in on this fact. However, law enforcement authorities have stressed that there is no suspect in custody. The New York Post erroneously reported yesterday that the Saudi was identified as a suspect. The roommate of the Saudi said that he didn’t “think he could do that,” the Boston Globe reports.

Injured people remain in hospitals in the Boston area. Many of the injured had shrapnel in their bodies and some amputations had be to carried out. 17 remained in critical condition as of this morning, according to the Boston Globe. A doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital said that all of the injured seem to be spectators, and not runners at the marathon.

The eight-year-old killed in the attack has been identified. His name is Martin Richard; his mother and six-year-old sister were also seriously wounded by the bombings. The two other deaths from the attack have not been identified by name. Richard’s father was a runner in the marathon.

The initial reports of more devices that were unexploded around the city of Boston turned out to be inaccurate. “It's important to clarify that two and only two explosive devices were found yesterday. Other parcels have been examined... but there were no unexploded bombs,” said Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick this morning.

And an Alabama coach told a local news outlet that there were bomb-sniffing dogs at the start and finish lines. "They kept making announcements to the participants do not worry, it's just a training exercise," the coach said. "I think they must have had some sort of threat or suspicion called in." But law enforcement officials have said that there were no credible threats about the race.

 

 

Alex Kane is former World editor at AlterNet. His work has appeared in Mondoweiss, Salon, VICE, the Los Angeles Review of Books and more. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.