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Boston blasts: Is this what the bomber looked like?

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  • Apr 18, 2013, 10:49 AM IST
Boston blasts: Is this what the bomber looked like?
New Delhi/Boston: US official associated with the Boston Marathon blasts probe on Wednesday claimed to have uncovered images of a suspect who may have planted the explosives that killed three and injured more than 180 people.
The investigators further said there has been 'substantial progress' in the bombing investigation after they analyzed surveillance footage shot from a nearby department store. 
According to them, the individual is seen at the site of the second explosion wearing a black jacket, a grey hooded sweatshirt and a white or off-color-white baseball cap backwards placing a back-pack on the ground while talking on his cellphone, the Daily Mail reported.
The video obtained by the FBI captures this man using his cellphone at the moment the first explosion detonated 100 yards away on Boylston Street on Monday and 12 seconds before the second blast close to where he is standing.
Separate media reports indicated there were pictures of the suspect running away while other people slumped to the ground in the blast.
The images could mark a breakthrough in the hunt for the perpetrators, two days after the explosions. "There's an image of a person, of a potential suspect," said an official adding that investigators are working "to locate and identify that individual".
According to CBS News, federal agents are focused on the time-frame of that conversation to retrieve cell-phone records to identify potential callers.
Call logs were obtained through the cell phone masts surrounding the attack zone and using these, investigators matched up the users' identity with the time specific video and pictures to zero in on the individual.
Investigators said they are seeking this man either as a witness or indeed as a possible suspect. At this point, federal officials stressed no arrests have been made.
CBS News further reports that investigators are focussed on one particular individual and are having discussions over whether to go public with identifying the person.
A press conference due to be held by Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis was postponed and no reason was given for this. 
Meanwhile, there are conflicting reports about the colour of the man in question - CNN suggested that he may be 'dark-skinned', while CBS News claimed he is white.

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    Boston blasts: Is this what the bomber looked like?

    Second bomb: The photo shows a bag next to a mailbox along the marathon route.

    (Photo: whdh)

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    Boston blasts: Is this what the bomber looked like?

    Is this the man? While everyone seems to instinctively cower - the man dressed in black and highlighted - appears to run away at speed from the scene in the opposite direction to everyone else who was caught up in the blast.

    (Photo: 7News)

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    Boston blasts: Is this what the bomber looked like?

    No arrest has been made but the FBI believe they can see the suspect drop the bag and run away from video footage.

    (Photo: NBC via Emily Thorndike)

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    Boston blasts: Is this what the bomber looked like?

    Shocking: Seconds after the bombs went off on Boylston Street, there is no sign of the bag. The picture is blurred because of the graphic nature of the content.

    (Photo: whdh)

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