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© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-04-17

The US authorities have denied reports in two major news outlets that a suspect in Monday’s bomb attack on the Boston marathon was taken into custody on Wednesday.

Washington on Wednesday denied reports from two US media outlets that a suspect in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing had been arrested.

Earlier, both CNN and the Associated Press (AP) quoted unnamed federal law enforcement officials saying an arrest had been made.

Following the US government’s denial that anyone had been taken into custody, AP released a report saying that investigators had the image of a potential suspect but still did not know his name.

Law enforcement agencies had pleaded for the public to come forward with photos, videos or any information that might help them solve the twin bombings that killed three and wounded more than 170 on Monday.

The dead include a child, a young woman and a female student from China.

Public appeal

The bombs involved kitchen pressure cookers packed with explosives, nails and other lethal shrapnel. The FBI said nobody had claimed responsibility.

According to US media reports, the bombs consisted of explosives put in six-litre pressure cookers, one with shards of metal and ball bearings, the other with nails.

An intelligence bulletin issued to law enforcement includes a picture of a mangled pressure cooker and a torn black bag that the FBI said were part of a bomb that exploded during the marathon.

Scores of victims remained in hospitals, many with grievous injuries. A 5-year-old child, a 9-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy were among 17 victims listed in critical condition.

The blasts killed 8-year-old Martin Richard and 29-year-old Krystle Campbell. The Shenyang Evening News, a state-run Chinese newspaper, identified the third victim as Lu Lingzi. She was a graduate student at Boston University.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)


Date created : 2013-04-17

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