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Boston Marathon bombing, United States--15 April 2013

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 5 December 2017

Date: 15 April 2013 (2:50 PM EDT)

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Type of event: terrorism


Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, Boston, Massachusetts; 3 were killed (Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi, and 8-year-old Martin Richard) and 264 were injured (including 14 children). Both bombs were homemade shrapnel-filled devices placed in backpacks by two terrorists. Of the children injured, 11 were admitted to hospitals (ages 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, and two unspecified) with at least one requiring amputation, and 3 were treated and released. On 18-19 April one terrorist was killed and the other injured and eventually captured after they killed a police officer and injured another officer.

The two terrorists, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were from Dagestan and Kyrgyzstan and had grown up in the Boston area; Tamerlan espoused radical Muslim beliefs, was convicted of domestic violence in 2009 but was still a legal resident in 2013; in 2011 Russia reported that Tamerlan was a radical Islamist and a possible threat after which the FBI interviewed him and put the matter "to bed"; Dzhokhar gained U.S. citizenship in 2012; Tamerlan was killed and Dzhokhar arrested after the 18-19 incident.

Consequences: 3 killed, 264 injured


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