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Published On: Thu, Apr 18th, 2013

FBI releases photos and video of Boston Marathon bombing suspects

The FBI has identified two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, releasing photos and video showing them and asking the public to help locate them.

The suspects, one of whom wore a backwards white ballcap and the other who wore a dark cap,appear to be in their twenties and were captured on footage near where one of two explosions killed three and injured 176.

FBI suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombing

FBI suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombing

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“We consider them to be extremely dangerous and armed,” said FBI Special Agent Rick Deslauriers. “With the Media’s help, we know the public will create a critical role in locating these suspects.

“The nation is counting on those with info to come forward,” he added, urging anyone who recognizes the men to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or go to the bureau’s website, FBI.gov.

Deslauriers said investigators first focused on one man, who wore the backwards cap, then realized he appeared to be working with another man.

“Through the last day or so, we developed a single person of interest,” Deslauriers said. “Indeed though that process we have identified a second suspect. We believe they are associated.”

The second suspect was seen dropping a backpack as both walked single file on Boylston Street, where both of the bombs exploded.

It could not be determined from the photos whether the suspect terrorists were homegrown of foreign, but Deslauriers said the pictures will be distributed internationally.

FBI investigators have been scouring video and still images taken at Monday’s race. Authorities believe at least one of the bombs was a sealed pressure cooker laden with explosives and shrapnel, and may have been concealed in a backpack. Investigators are believed to be weighing the advantages of releasing the photos and enlisting the public’s aid in finding possible suspects and doing anything that might jeopardize the investigation. Amateur sleuths around the world have been examining widely circulated photos from the crowd, isolating on people with backpacks, but officials have warned against such speculation.

A mangled pressure cooker lid found atop a nearby building is believed to have been part of one bomb, and it and other pieces were being analyzed at an FBI lab. A battery and several pieces of shrapnel were also recovered and undergoing analysis. Fox News learned that the circuit board suspected of being used to detonate at least one of the bombs has been recovered, and that FBI investigators were also analyzing cellphone tower records to identify positive hits for signs of calls that may have been placed to trigger both explosions remotely.

Authorities are also interested in a battery believed to be used in one of the bombs, telling Fox News it was likely purchased with a remote control toy and then extracted the battery to use in the bomb. That could potentially make it easier to zero in on a suspect.

According to a FBI and Department of Homeland Security bulletin, the deadly shrapnel that caused the deaths — including of an 8-year-old boy, and critical injuries to 17 — included nails, BBs and ball bearings. The other device “was also housed in a metal container, but investigators could not say if that was also a pressure cooker.

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