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Lockdown and manhunt in Boston. We’ve got a team of reporters with the latest and all the week’s news.
It’s been a strange and deadly week that came very close to home for us here at On Point. Bombs at the Boston Marathon. Terrorism. A death toll. Many injured. Maimed. A national outpouring in response.
And then a massive manhunt — dramatic life and death pursuit — today. Other news, yes. A massive explosion and trauma in West, Texas. A bitter Senate fight and defeat of gun-sale background checks. But today, it is a manhunt looming large, and the whole country watching.
Up next On Point: Our weekly news roundtable brings you all the latest developments.
Carey Goldberg, WBUR reporter and former Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst
Jon Peck, WBUR colleague whose home in Watertown, Mass. is near the location of Thursday night’s shootout between the suspects and police (@JonEfremPeck)
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Boston Globe: Search For Marathon Bombing Suspect — “Heavily armed tactical police are searching a 20-block area of this community for one of the suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon terror bomb attacks, a State Police spokesman said. The search comes after a chaotic, violent night in which a second suspect died in a firefight with police, and one police officer was killed and another was seriously wounded. Local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, including the Secret Service, are searching. K-9 teams, explosives experts, and SWAT officers are involved, said State Police spokesman David Procopio.”
Mother Jones: Did Boston Bombing Suspect Post Al Qaeda Prophecy On YouTube? – “Authorities have identified the deceased suspect in the bombing of the Boston marathon, which killed three and injured more than 170, as Tamerlan Tsarnaev. A user by that name has posted a video to his YouTube playlist extolling an extremist religious prophecy associated with Al Qaeda. It is not clear yet whether the user is the same Tsarnaev as the deceased suspect.”
Associated Press: Manhunt In Boston After Bombing Suspect Is Killed – “The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer and hurled explosives at police in a car chase and gun battle overnight that left one of them dead and his brother on the run, authorities said Friday as thousands of officers swarmed the streets in a manhunt that all but paralyzed the Boston area. The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and family members as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers from Dagestan, which neighbors Chechnya in southern Russia. They lived near Boston and had been in the U.S. for about a decade, an uncle said.”