‘WORLDWIDE’ HUNT ON

FBI releases images of 2 Boston bombing suspects

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Photos of one of two suspects sought in the Boston Marathon bombing is displayed during a news conference talking about the investigation of the Boston Marathon explosions, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Boston. AP PHOTO/JULIO CORTEZ

BOSTON—The FBI has released photos and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking for the public’s help in identifying the men.

FBI Agent Richard DesLauriers said the images are from surveillance cameras near the explosion sites shortly before Monday’s blasts at the world’s most famous marathon. The man in the white cap is seen setting down a backpack at one site near the finish line, DesLauriers said.

“No bit of information… is too small for us to see,” DesLauriers told a press conference, adding that the photos were available for public view at www.fbi.gov.

“We consider them to be armed and extremely dangerous,” DesLauriers said, asking the public not to approach the men. He said there is no additional danger that the FBI knows of at the moment.

“For more than 100 years, the FBI has relied upon the public to be its eyes and ears,” DesLauriers added. “Somebody out there knows these individuals.”

Investigators are poring over evidence gathered in the wake of the twin blasts, which killed three and wounded around 180 others.

DesLauriers said no other information would be released, telling reporters: “This is our focus now.”

The images were released hours after President Barack Obama attended an interfaith in Boston to remember the victims, including an 8-year-old boy.

2 young-looking men

The images show two young-looking men wearing baseball caps, wearing jackets and carrying backpacks along the race route and weaving through the crowd. The FBI said it had no details of the identities or origin of the two men, who were only named as Suspect One and Suspect Two. Both appeared to be young men, one dressed in a white baseball cap and one in a black cap.

This image released by the FBI on Thursday, April 18, 2013, shows an image from video what the FBI is calling suspect number 1 with a black hat walking with a backpack in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013, before the explosions at the Boston Marathon. (AP PHOTO/FBI)

The men are seen in still images and video released by the FBI walking along Boston’s Boylston Street amid crowds watching the race finale. Both had large backpacks.

The FBI said the images indicated that the man in the white cap had placed one of the two bombs outside a restaurant in the street in the minutes before the blasts tore through the crowds.

“Each piece moves us toward justice,” DesLauriers said of the latest information to emerge.

Generally, law enforcement agencies release photos of suspects only as a last resort, when they need the public’s help. Releasing photos can tip off a suspect and deny police the element of surprise. It can also trigger an avalanche of tips, forcing police to waste time chasing them down.

‘Stunted individuals’

At an interfaith service honoring the victims, Obama called the perpetrators of the attack “these small, stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build.”

Obama vowed: “Yes, we will find you, and yes, you will face justice.”

“We will find you, we will hold you accountable,” he told a congregation of 2,000 including relatives of the dead, survivors of the blasts, rescuers and city leaders.

“If they sought to intimidate us, to terrorize us,” Obama said, then “it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it.”

Obama met the family of Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old who was killed, at the cathedral before the service, and later went to Massachusetts General Hospital to talk to some of the wounded.

The blasts killed 8-year-old Martin Richard, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and Lu Lingzi, a graduate student from China. Seven victims remained in critical condition.

Bombs packed with explosives

The bombs were crudely fashioned from ordinary kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and ball bearings, investigators and others close to the case said. Investigators suspect the devices were then hidden in duffel bags and left on the ground.

They exploded within 15 seconds of each other near the finish line at a high-traffic time when thousands of runners were pouring in.

Several media outlets had reported that a suspect had been identified from surveillance video taken at a Lord & Taylor department store between the sites of the bomb blasts.

The investigation will probably collect about a million hours of videotape from fixed security cameras and cellphones and cameras used by spectators, said Gene Grindstaff, a scientist at Intergraph Corp., a company that makes video analysis software used by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

‘Worldwide’ hunt

The FBI says it has launched a “worldwide” hunt. But the FBI and political leaders have appealed for patience over the pace of the investigation.

The FBI had already released photographs of the mangled metal remnants of a pressure cooker believed to have been used for one of the bombs. The lid of one pressure cooker was found on the roof of a hotel near the marathon finish line.

More than 100 of the injured have left Boston hospitals and fewer than 10 of those still in hospital remain in critical condition. Some will require new operations.

At least 12 people have lost at least one of their legs because of the blast from the bombs, which fired the metal fragments at low level.

Doctors at Boston Medical Center said a second Chinese student caught in the blast had come out of a coma and was improving. The girl’s family was expected in Boston soon.

Meanwhile, a special fund set up for victims has raised more than $10 million in less than two days, local media reports said.

The One Boston Fund was set up on Tuesday by Boston mayor Thomas Menino and Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick.

A number of major companies have already given substantial amounts. Boston Marathon sponsor John Hancock, an insurance firm, gave $1 million, the fund announced on its website, www.onefundboston.

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  • Thomas Edison

    muslims again

  • Guest

    mukhang noy-pi ah

    • mad_as_Hamlet

      * * * * *
      Then Jackie Enrile better have an alibi. And Honasan, too.

  • wawa2172

    He is a white guy and seems an american. Religion is out of order here, he is a lunatic who like people getting hurt and die.

    • alfred sanchez

      says who? by liberal media? google mo ang homegrown terrorist/jihadist para malaman mo kung hindi ba involve ang religion dito

      • wawa2172

        You are right, suspect 1 and suspect 2 are from chenchen and are terrorist. One was hit in a shootout while other was able to escape.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    DAPAT MAHULING BUHAY! PARUSAHAN NA PAKAININ NG PULBURA SA LOOB NG PRESSURE COOKER.

  • matalino matalino

    The Saudis were the financiers but the masterminds were Germans who hate Israel or the Jews so much. They will do anything to destroy the economy of the U.S.- to force the U.S. to divorce Israel- which is not impossible even though the American Jews control U.S. politics and the media outlets ( more than 20 U.S. Senators are Jewish and spend very little money for political tv ads because Jewish tycoons and journalists and news producers control U.S. media outlets. To them, if you can control the WORD, you can control the WORLD.).

    • Crazy_horse101010

      world war 2 is over and has been for years

      • matalino matalino

        War against the Jews isn’t over yet. The Germans who hate or hated the Jews and Israel so much also masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001 WTC attacks and the tricky Saudis who wanted the U.S. to finish the regime of Saddam Hussein funded such horrible terrorism. (Osama bin Ladin was obviously working for the intelligence agency of Saudi Arabia.{To remind you, 99% of Al Qaeda’s operations against Saudi Arabia were failures but Al Qaeda had a very good successful terrorism rate outside Saudi Arabia.})

      • Crazy_horse101010

        jews masterminded 9 11 when was ben laden hunted down racists. dont remind me of nothing because i m not interested in your racial hatred. im german blood so dont tell me about my people stupid . its people like you that is wrong with the world now. and ben laden hated saudi arab the whole world knows that what rock have you been hiding under. your sick you hate germans jews and arabians dont spew your racists bull shzt at me and start taking meds because you need help

    • Nelson Baguya II

      As if you know everything, Our CENTER where I work have volunteer from Germany all year around. about 10 volunteer every year. They all do the sign of the cross. Meaning, Germany is different from the time of Hitler. tapos n ang giyera. Pls do get over. Tama na ang panonood ng mga WW2 movies

  • simondj

    dapat hulihin agad

  • gadino

    with the black hair and high-bridged nose, they seem of Middle East descent

    • alfred sanchez

      wala naman ibang suspect dyan kundi religion of peace lang

  • marionics

    kamukha ni jack yung isa dun a he he

  • kilabot

    it’s time for the usa to implement israeli-type security measures.
    obama’s policy of appeasing troublemakers and perverts
    is making the country more unsafe and weaker;
    where usa used to be well respected and feared,
    it is now disrespected and laughed at by other nations;
    its only remaining advantage is in advanced military technology;
    its values, which was its source of strength, have been contaminated with perversion.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      do you pay taxes there that you are such a expert what a idiot. you are the only thing worth laughing at because you are pitiful. maybe you should kiss azz with the idiot above you make a good pair

  • 2rey3

    I am really sorry for the victims especially for those who died but frankly I can not understand the sorrow expressed by Obama for the victims especially for those who died when he is one of the major architects of the murder of thousands and even millions of innocent and defenseless lives in America and outside America due to his active support for abortion and funding abortion. I just can not get his logic and of people like him.

  • felix1959

    definitely asian

  • http://www.facebook.com/iyen.dev Iyen Dev

    ‘I thought we are fighting in the name of God!’—one of the greatest warrior in the history of mankind

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