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Officials: Marathon bombs triggered by remote

By Adam Goldman and Lara Jakes

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:32 p.m. HST, Apr 24, 2013

WASHINGTON » U.S. officials say the Boston Marathon explosions that killed three people and wounded more than 260 were triggered by a remote-controlled detonator.

Two officials today said the bombs were not very sophisticated. One of the officials described the detonator as "close-controlled" — meaning it had to be triggered within several blocks of the bombs.

Both U.S. officials are close to the ongoing investigation but spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.

It was not immediately clear what the detonation device was.

A criminal complaint outlining federal charges against the surviving bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, described him as holding a cellphone in his hand minutes before the first explosion.

Cellphones have been used to trigger bombings in war zones.

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SteveToo wrote:
Fry the little trator. We give him citizenship and he gives us this?
on April 24,2013 | 09:31AM
leihanas wrote:
So heartless and cruel got to wonder what was the motive other than to create terror ?
on April 24,2013 | 09:39AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
From the sound of it, they must have used the cellphones to trigger the bombs! Time for immigration reform!
on April 24,2013 | 10:43AM
cojef wrote:
Political correctness environment is to be blamed for the chaos that they created. Also the inaptness of the Homeland Security people to notify the FBI that he left the country so that they could trace the wherabouts he visited. The establishment of Homeland Security agency was to correct the miscue of 9/11/2001 that occured between the intelligence unite, FBI, CIA and anyother law enforcement entities. Mistakes persist, so eliminate homeland security, a waste of taxpayers' money or fire the Secretary.
on April 24,2013 | 10:54AM
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