WASHINGTON, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Boston police confirmed Tuesday evening a man was detained for connection with two unattended backpacks left near this year's Marathon finish line.
The Boston Police Department twitted this confirmation one year after two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260 others .
The department also said on its twitter account that police disrupted the backpacks at the finish line "for precautionary reasons."
Police spokesman David Estrada said police detonated one of the backpacks at about 9 p.m. local time (1300GMT), and then the other shortly after 9:30 p.m. local time (1330GMT), the Boston Globe reported.
Earlier Tuesday evening, police asked pedestrians and motorists to avoid the area in and around the Boston Marathon Finish Line and the bomb squad is still on scene, the Boston Police Department twitted.
Families of last year's bombing victims, survivors, first responders, local people and public officials gathered in the city on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
WASHINGTON, April 15 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday remembered victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, praised people who came to their aid and lauded the "incredible courage" of Boston "to run again" at the anniversary of the tragedy.
In a statement released by the White House, Obama remembered four people killed and hundreds injured in the tragedy and the following manhunt of suspects a year ago and sent thoughts and prayers to those who were still "struggling to recover." Full story
BOSTON, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of people Tuesday came together at Boylston Street in central area of Boston, Massachusetts, to mark the first anniversary of the Marathon bombings with silent tribute, church bells tolling and a flag- raising ceremony.
At the finish line in front of the Boston Public library where the two bombings killed three and injured 260 others on last April 15, survivors, first responders and family members of the victims, as well as local residents and Marathon fans from all over the world, braving strong windstorm and dropping temperature, held a moment of silence to honor the victims killed in the tragic event.Full story