Authorities probe new link to Boston bombings

Friday, April 19, 2013 4:13 AM
Last updated 4:17 AM
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WATERTOWN, Mass. — The FBI is investigating whether the shooting of a campus police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and gunfire and explosions in a nearby town are related to the Boston Marathon bombings.

Police officers aim their weapons Friday, April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Mass. A tense night of police activity that left a university officer dead on campus just days after the Boston Marathon bombings and amid a hunt for two suspects caused officers to converge on a neighborhood outside Boston, where residents heard gunfire and explosions.  AP
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Police officers aim their weapons Friday, April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Mass. A tense night of police activity that left a university officer dead on campus just days after the Boston Marathon bombings and amid a hunt for two suspects caused officers to converge on a neighborhood outside Boston, where residents heard gunfire and explosions.

A Massachusetts State Police spokesman says one person suspected in the gunfire and explosions has been accounted for and one is at large.

The FBI says it is working with local authorities to determine what happened.

The MIT shooting on the Cambridge campus Thursday night was followed by reports of violence in nearby Watertown, about 10 miles west of Boston.

A state police spokesman said early Friday there is a "strong possibility" the incidents are related.

Cab driver Imran Sais says he heard "a loud boom" while standing on a street corner at a police barricade across from a diner.


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