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Two bombs went off in Boston near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, within 100 yards of each other, killing and injuring many people. Rumors are still rife and numbers are still questionable. The most reliable count so far is two dead, 102 wounded but there are many variations.
In addition to the two bombs placed in garbage piles along the race route, there were two more nearby–one in a hotel and one under the bleachers. One of the bombs exploded near a group of flags, representing the countries from which the runners came.
While the first responders and police did a good job, the confusion of the initial explosion led them to send frightened bystanders in several directions. The scene was generally described as pandemonium.
Peter Bergen of CNN speculated that while this might involve al-Qaida it could also be the work of “right-wing extremists.” He recalled the Oklahoma City attack but not the attempted attack near Times Square in New York where the mayor and media speculated it might be by a Tea Party member distressed at falling housing prices.
But confusion still reigns. On the one hand, there were apparently multiple bombs placed (though even this is uncertain) but also they were small and seemingly amateurish. It is necessary to wait for more evidence before drawing conclusions.
With Phillip Smyth in Boston