Tragedy In Boston May Be Terrorist Attack
Three bombs went off during the 2013 Boston Marathon Monday at the 4-hour mark of the race. Three people were killed, including an 8-year-old boy, in bomb blasts near finish line of Boston Marathon, officials say. Area hospitals say at least 132 are injured, including eight children. Many of these injuries include lost limbs as a result of the explosion.
The bombings included two explosions that happened at about 2:50 p.m., more than two hours after the first of the race's nearly 27,000 runners had crossed the finish line. There was a third explosion at nearby JFK library.
Initial tests indicate that the two bombs were small and possibly crude, with the tests not indicating any high-grade explosive material was used, a federal law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN national security contributor and former homeland security adviser Fran Townsend.
The source said the FBI considers the incident a terrorist attack, "but they've made clear to me they do not know at this time whether those responsible for the attack were a foreign or domestic group," Townsend said.
Investigators have warned law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for a "darker-skinned or black male" with a possible foreign accent in connection with Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon, according to a law enforcement advisory obtained by CNN.
The man was seen with a black backpack and sweatshirt and was trying to get into a restricted area about five minutes before the first explosion, the lookout notice states.
It is a tragedy that this happened. For it to have happened on Patriots Day makes it even worse. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was a victim or friend of a victim.