PHOTO: Is This the Boston Marathon Explosion Suspect?

IMPORTANT UPDATE (APRIL 18, 2013) - Three days after Monday’s bomb attacks that killed three people and injured more than 170 in Boston, the FBI held a press conference Thursday at which they released photos of two suspects identified from surveillance video of the scene at the Boston Marathon.


The FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) are seeking tips from the public about these two suspects. Persons having information should contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or a special online tip site set up by the agency. FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers said that the two suspects should be considered “armed and extremely dangerous,” and warned the public: “Do not take any action on your own.” Report them to police or the FBI.


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Coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing is still in the early stages. Reports of a potential suspect have been published by a few sources on the Internet. Nothing has been confirmed yet and the major news outlets have reported nothing on the matter.

The New York Post has published a report saying that the suspect was in the hospital and a Saudi national. Media critics have encouraged skepticism toward this early report.


We too encourage caution on the subject. However, just minutes ago hacktivist (for good), th3j35t3rt, tweeted:


When asked about his source, he tweeted:


You can expect ViralRead to be on top of this story. You can catch our live-blog of the Boston Marathon Explosion here. Sometimes being first to the news isn’t as important as being correct in our delivery to our readership.


UPDATE April 15, 2013 7:11 pm ET: The New York Post didn’t have a source in the police department. Boston Police Commissioner on CNN said, “We are questioning a lot of people but no one in custody at this moment.” CBS Boston reports otherwise. It is still unclear if the picture is of a suspect or not though, as it was released after the Commissioner’s statements on CNN.