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WASHINGTON: Investigators in Boston have released images of two potential suspects in the April 15 bombings, one of whom was recorded dropping a black bag near one of the blast sites.

Richard DesLauries, the FBI agent in charge in Boston, said investigators had pursued thousands of leads and tips and in the last day or so had developed a ‘‘single person of interest’’.

They subsequently developed a second suspect and were now enlisting the public’s help to identify the pair. One suspect was wearing a dark baseball cap, the other a white cap. Suspect two set down a backpack near the Forum restaurant and the pair ‘‘appear to be walking together’’.

Director Briefs President on Bombing Investigation
On April 16, 2013, FBI Director Robert Mueller updated President Barack Obama on the explosions that occurred in Boston the previous day. Seated, from left, are Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken; National Security Advisor to the Vice President Jake Sullivan; Attorney General Eric Holder; Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco; and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

“Identifying and locating those responsible is now our highest priority,” Mr DesLauries said. ‘‘We know the public will play a critical role in identifying and locating these individuals. Somebody out there knows these individuals.’’

A CCTV image released by the FBI of the two men suspected of being involved in the Boston Marathon bombings.
A CCTV image released by the FBI of the two men being sought over the Boston Marathon bombings. Photo: FBI

“No bit of information, no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential, is too small for us to see,” he said.

The photos were posted on and those were ‘‘the only ones the public should use to assist us’’.

He said the suspects may be “armed and extremely dangerous”.

This image shows a man the FBI is calling suspect number two.
This image shows a man the FBI is calling suspect number two. Photo: AP

Scraps recovered from the scene show at least one bomb was concealed in a black nylon bag.

The April 15 attack killed three people and wounded scores. The images of the potential suspects come from several vantage points, including store security cameras on and across the street from the bomb site, according to federal law-enforcement officials.

The investigation involving more than 1000 law-enforcement personnel, some canvassing hospitals, continued on Thursday as President Barack Obama attended a memorial for the victims of the bombing. Addressing hundreds of citizens at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Mr Obama said the perpetrators would be caught.‘‘Yes, we will find you, and yes, you will face justice,’’ he said.

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