THE Boston Marathon bombing was a horrific act of terrorism committed by Islamic extremists on US soil. Here’s what you need to know about the deprave
THE Boston Marathon bombing was a horrific act of terrorism committed by Islamic extremists on US soil.
Here’s what you need to know about the depraved attack that killed three people and wounded hundreds.
AP:Associated Press The Boston bombings took place on Monday April 15, 2013
When was the Boston Marathon bombing?
The bombings in Boston took place on Monday April 15, 2013 near the finishing line of the annual marathon in the city.
The marathon is always held on the third Monday in April to coincide with the Patriots’ Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts celebrating the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.
EPA The explosions killed 3 people and injured and maimed at least 264 others
Two bombs detonated about 210 yards apart at the finish line on Boylston Street near Copley Square.
The first exploded outside Marathon Sports at 671–673 Boylston Street at 2:49pm.
Fourteen seconds later, a second bomb exploded a block further west at 755 Boylston Street.
The race had been going for just over four hours when the devices were detonated and blew out all the windows in the nearby buildings.
How many victims were there?
The explosions killed 3 people and injured and maimed at least 264 others.
The casualties were so extensive 27 local hospitals were needed to treat the wounded.
At least 14 people required amputations, with some suffering traumatic amputations as a direct result of the blasts.
AP:Associated Press Terrorist Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed by police in a shoot out days after the blasts
Lu Lingzi, 23, was a graduate student from China studying at Boston University when she was killed.
Krystle Campbell, 29, of Medford, Massachusetts, went with her best friend to take a pictures at the Boston Marathon when she died.
Little Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was with his family near the finish line waiting for his father to complete the marathon when he was killed at the finish line.
Who were the bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev?
The bombing was carried out by brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnev.
They are Chechen descent and were raised in a Muslim family in the Dagestan region of Russia.
The Tsarnev family entered the USA as tourists and claimed asylum in the early 2000s and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
On the day of the bombing both brothers were captured on CCTV near the finishing line of the race.
They were carrying bags that contained two bombs made out of pressure cookers.
AP:Associated Press Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his crimes
After the bombing an enormous manhunt was launched for the pair after they were identified and they then went on the run.
On April 18 2013 the duo murdered 26-year-old police officer Sean Collier in an unsuccessful attempt to steal his gun before carjacking an SUV.
The following day a shootout ensued in which Tamerlan was fatally wounded.
Dzhokhar was shot but managed to escape and was not found till that evening, hiding in a boat.
He was taken into federal custody and charged with terrorism offences of which he was later convicted of.