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Suspect arrested in connection with Boston marathon bombing: Report

An arrest has been made or is imminent in the Boston marathon bombing and the suspect would be produced before a court, various news agencies are reporting citing law enforcement authorities close to the investigation. The identity or nationality of the suspect was not immediately released.

The breakthrough reportedly came after the FBI extensively reviewed surveillance tapes and footage shot by various store cameras and bystanders moments before the explosion close to the finish line. The review is said to have shown a man dropping off a suspicious bag which may have contained the pressure cooker bomb near the site of the explosion.

The mangled remains of a pressure cooker lid, ball bearings, nails and explosive residue packed into it the device, pieces of a circuit board used to trigger the explosion, and shreds of a backpack or duffel bag used to carry the contraption. These were among the forensic evidence US authorities were examining in their effort to unravel the terrorist attack on the Boston marathon on Tuesday that killed three people and injured more than 150, while denting fortress America.

Meantime, here in Washington DC, the White House received mail addressed to President Obama that was laced with the toxin ricin, adding more tension to an already nervy situation. The White House ricin letter came on the heels of a similar letter that a Senator's office received on Tuesday. That set off a furious mail scrutiny on the Capitol. The letter addressed to the President though was intercepted at a mail facility in Anacostia, several miles from the White House.

While authorities are still examining if the Boston and Washington DC incidents are connected, no breakthroughs were reported some 48 hours after the Boston attack. But the nature of the explosives -- the pressure cooker bomb being a signature of terror groups in the subcontinent -- and the target of the attack left the two major possibilities open: a foreign-inspired attack or a bombing by the domestic discontented.

"The range of suspects and motives remains wide open," Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge in Boston said at a news conference Tuesday. Then, in a clear indication that authorities did not rule out a foreign-inspired attack, DesLauriers said the FBI would "go to the ends of the Earth" to identify the people responsible for "this despicable crime."

The motive for targeting the Boston marathon, aside from striking a highly visible target, also remained unclear, particularly if the attack was foreign in origin. The marathon, oldest in modern history going back to 1897, is an international event that attracts runners from all over the world, including Africa and Asia. In fact, it turned out that the third victim of the attack after the death of two Americans reported initially -- including an eight year old boy who campaigned against violence even as a kid -- was a Chinese graduate student studying in Boston University.

Although the American media has been cautious and restrained in its reporting, encouraged by President Obama's advice not to jump to conclusions, the lack of leads and the nature of the modern media is already fuelling anxieties of all sort.

The liberal website Salon.com carried a piece with the headline "Let's hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American" in which the author argued that any other outcome could result in minority groups suffering reprisals. Elsewhere, a Pakistani resident physician in Boston wrote about the fear he felt at being a potential suspect.

"As a 20-something Pakistani male with dark stubble (an ode more to my hectic schedule as a resident in the intensive-care unit than to any aesthetic or ideology), would I not fit the bill? I know I look like Hollywood's favorite post-cold-war movie villain. I've had plenty of experience getting intimately frisked at airports," Haider JAved Warraich wrote in the New York Times, adding, "What would I tell them when they asked where I was from (a question I am often posed)? Wouldn't it be easier to just tell people I was from India or Bangladesh?"

But the fears seemed exaggerated for now, with authorities clearly open-minded regarding the origin of the attack. In the same news conference at which FBI Special Agent Deslauriers promised to go to the ends of the earth to nail the perpetrators, he also said, "The person who did this was someone's friend, neighbor or coworker," suggesting it could also be a domestic-origin attack.

"Someone knows who did this," Deslauriers added, which again indicated he did not think it was a lone-wolf attack.

Meanwhile, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were schedule to go to Boston on Thursday to attend an interfaith memorial, once again taking on the role of the comforter-in-chief.

The FBI has an exemplary record of nailing perpetrators of serious crimes no matter how long it takes. The most famous case is that of the so-called Unabomber, who started his bombing campaign in 1978 and wasn't caught till 1996 in a remote mountain cabin where he lived a survivalist life interspersed with bomb making and writing raging tracts against reckless development. Although his bombs killed three people over nearly two decades, the FBI operation that eventually resulted in his capture was one of the most expensive in the Bureau's history.

But there have also been goof-ups and unsolved crimes, or at least unresolved crimes. Among them, the anthrax attack that came a week after the 9/11 catastrophe. The two were thought to be linked at that time, but eventually turned out not to be. An American scientist who initially came under suspicion was later absolved and another who was linked to it committed suicide

Source : Times of india
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