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10 things we know (almost for certain) about the bombings in Boston

Aaron Hutchins on the latest news from Boston


Updates on Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings are constant— stories of lives and limbs lost, as well of those doing all they could to help others at the scene. Here are 10 things we know about the bombings so far.

1. Three people died in the blast.

Martin Richard was an eight-year old from the Dorchester neighbourhood in Boston, Massachusetts. He was standing at the finish line with his mom, dad, brother and sister at the time of the explosion.

Ever since she was a little girl, Krystal Campbell would go to the finish line at the Marathon. The 29-year-old restaurant manager lived in Arlington, Massachusetts—a town approximately 10km northwest of Boston—and was at the finish this year to cheer on a friend who was running in the race.

Earlier today a third victim killed in the bombings was identified in media reports as Lu Lingzia Boston University graduate student originally from the northeast city of Shenyang.

2. Another 176 people were injured, including 14 who lost limbs.

3. There were two blasts occurring 12 seconds apart at 2:50 p.m.—four hours into the marathon and well after many of the fastest runners had finished the race.

4. The two bombs were placed about 100m apart near the finish line. The Boston Globe reports that investigators believe the makeshift bombs consisted of nails, ball bearings and a pressure cooker, which were placed inside two black duffel bags. A circuit board was also recovered, which is believed to have acted as the detonator.

5. Pieces of the bombs have been sent for testing the FBI laboratories in Quantico, Virginia, according to the Washington Post.

6. Officials have no suspects in custody as of yet, according to the New York Times.

Updated Wednesday at 3 p.m.: Conflicting reports Wednesday afternoon suggested a suspect was in custody. Most agencies have since backed away from that assertion. We may know more at 5 p.m. — the time of the next scheduled news conference.

7. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

8. President Barack Obama will be in Boston on Thursday for an interfaith service.

9. Twitter has been both a blessing and a curse. While many were able to reach out to friends and family via social media to let them know they were safe, several of the stories that went viral were completely fabricated.

10. The bombings have not put fear into runners around the world. The UK sports minister, Hugh Robertson, says the city of London ‘won’t be cowered‘ and the London Marathon will go on. Meanwhile in Vancouver, the 10-kilometre Sun Run has seen an increase in registration in the wake of the bombing.

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10 things we know (almost for certain) about the bombings in Boston

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    • Why would you assume it’s a Saudi it could be anyone… You can`t always believe what you see or hear about in the media. If you dont like a groip of people do yourself a favour and learn more about their belief and way of life with out being bias, you`llfind they arent so different from the rest of us. Theres always bad apples in every. I learned more about their faith, i was suprised they believed in Jesus and have a chapter in the koran titled Mary after his mom. And that they love and respect him him just as muvhas Christians, who would have ever thought that?

    • Given the last mile was dedicated to the Sandy Hook victims, and that tragedy has sparked an effort to reform gun laws, it just as easily could have been a gun-loving American “patriot” trying to prove a point that many of them have been very vocal in making: You don’t need guns to kill.
      I can come up with any number of additional plausible scenarios as well.
      So your little flight of fantasy is just that – for now at least. Let’s wait until there is some real evidence before pointing the finger of blame.

      • More likely a Planned Parenthood activist who was trying to prove that it’s never too late to abort people.

        • Ironically, with that issue it’s usually the right-to-lifers who bomb or shoot people…

  2. 11. These disasters including gun shootings will go on and humans will keep on killing each other.. Pray for the human race.