Boston Marathon bombing survivor Erika Brannock crosses the finish line following a ceremony on the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Reuters
Police in Boston say an arrest has been made after two
suspicious packages were found near the finish line of the
Boston Marathon this morning.
Two black unattended backpacks were discovered near the
marathon finish line this morning.
Bomb squad members were still investigating, police said,
while a male suspect had been taken into custody for
Pedestrians and motorists have been asked to avoid the area,
and media outlets had been asked not to show photographs of
the backpacks in the interests of officer safety.
The bomb scare comes on the one-year anniversary of the
Boston bombings, which killed three people and injured more
than 260 others.
A flag-raising ceremony and moment of silence was held at the
marathon finish line earlier today, to mark the time and
place where two bombs exploded on April 15, 2013.
Authorities say two brothers planned and orchestrated the
attack. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a shootout with
police several days after the bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,
20, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges and is
awaiting trial. He faces the possibility of the death
The Tsarnaevs, ethnic Chechens who lived in the former Soviet
republic of Kyrgyzstan and the Dagestan region of Russia,
settled in Cambridge, outside Boston, more than a decade ago
after moving to the US as children with their family.
Prosecutors have said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a hand-scrawled
confession condemning US actions in Muslim countries on the
inside wall of a boat he was found hiding in following the