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2 people dead, over 50 injured; Saudi national arrested in connection with Boston Marathon bombings

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
April 15th, 2013
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At least 2 people were killed - and that number could rise - and over 50 people were injured after two bombs went off near the Boston marathon finish line today. Authorities have arrested a suspect in the bombings. He's described as a Saudi Arabian national who suffered severe burns in the incident.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The 20-year-old male suspect remains under guard at an undisclosed Boston hospital.

The suspect was caught less than two hours after the 2:50 p.m. bombing on the finish line of the race, in the heart of Boston.

Boston police have surveillance video of someone bringing multiple backpacks to blast site, according to CBS News.

Police have also confirmed that there was a third explosion, at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. It's not yet known how much damage was done or whether it was related to the bombings at the marathon finish line.

The library bombing occurred about 4:30 p.m. and more than a mile from the marathon.
Eyewitness Rachel Sibley was 50 feet from the finish line waiting for a friend to cross.
 
"All of a sudden I heard this bang that sounded like a cannon," she said. "You could see people looking up at the sky like there were fireworks, like a celebratory bang. The whole crowd waited for a moment, and then the second one went off. It was terrifying and absolute chaos.

"Everyone needed to get out of there," Sibley said. "I was ready to just start running, otherwise I'd be tackled. You could see the panic in people's faces.

"People started screaming and yelling at each other, trying to find friends and family members," she said. "People started running away from the finish line. There were sirens filling the streets and heading back to the finish line. It was absolutely terrifying."

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