Friday, 19 April 2013

Boston marathon attack suspect killed after an all out shootout with police

Boston marathon attack suspect killed after an all out shootout with police, The Boston globe reported late last night, that a police chase and shootout in Watertown Mass. ended in the capture of one Boston marathon attack suspect, and are now on the hunt for the “one with the white hat,” as described by the FBI, which released several enhanced photos of the suspects, asking the public for help with information on their whereabouts.

[Photos: View gallery of images released by the FBI ]

The chase and shootout took place in Watertown, Mass. whereas police pursued, scanner radio traffic between law enforcement warned of the suspects possibly carrying improvised explosive devices and grenades.

[Related: Boston Marathon bomber manhunt: One in custody, second on the run, reports say ]

The FBI has yet to confirm a connection between the events in Watertown to the two explosions that killed 3 people and injured 170 others at the Boston Marathon on Monday, but their heavy involvement in the chase and occupation of Watertown seem to indicate there is a strong possibility that a link exists.

Reports have confirmed one suspect being shot by police and taken to a local hospital, while Watertown’s WHDH-TV news channel showed footage of an unknown man lying on the ground surrounded by police -- details of this man being involved are not yet known. Information on the condition of the subject that has been hospitalized have not been released.

[Update: Boston marathon bombing suspect now confirmed dead]

The second suspect in the Boston marathon attack -- the “one with the white hat” remains at large, while police are cautioning residents in Watertown, to remain indoors and keep their cell phones off, saying their reception may be used to remotely detonate improvised explosive devices, or other types of bombs in the area. It is unknown how the suspects can actually detonate a bomb using residents’ cell phones, but the police and FBI are not taking any risks.

The suspect, described on scanner traffic as a "white male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with black curly hair, possibly with an assault rifle and explosives," as police in Watertown, Newton, Brighton and Cambridge were put on high alert.

"We are aware of the law enforcement activity in the greater Boston area," Boston FBI spokesman Greg Comcowich said in a statement to Yahoo News. "The situation is ongoing. We are working with local authorities to determine what happened."

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