Investigators of the Boston Marathon explosion that occurred this morning have begun questioning a “person of interest” in relation to the attack.
The Boston Globe has tweeted the following:
“On person of interest: The situation remains fluid and it remains too early to establish the cause and motivation.”
Rumors previously circulated that a suspect of “Saudi origin” had been taken to a Boston hospital where he was being treated for shrapnel wounds. The story was dismissed as false by a Boston Police Department spokesman at 6.00pm EST.
However, fresh reports suggest a “person of interest” is now being questioned by authorities. No further details have been released, but this story will be updated with new details as they arrive.
Addressing the nation earlier, President Barack Obama said:
“We still do not know who did this or why. And people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts,” he told reporters at the White House shortly after 6 p.m. “But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this … Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”
At the time of writing, the number of individuals injured in the Boston Marathon explosion totals 125. Two people have been confirmed dead, including one eight-year-old boy.
FBI and Boston police have urged witnesses to the Boston Marathon explosion to contact the following hotline:
1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3
Authorities have reminded witnesses that “no piece of information or detail is too small.”