Hundreds evacuated over suspicious Boston backpacks

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16 April 2014

Two backpacks found at the scene of the Boston bombings resultes in hundreds being evacuated.

Hundreds of people were evacuated in the US city of Boston on Tuesday after two backpacks were found at the scene of twin bombings that killed three people exactly a year ago. The Boston Police Department wrote on its official Twitter account that a male suspect had been taken into custody in connection to the unattended backpacks.

An American flag sits stuck in the grass during a candlelight vigil for the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings at Garvey Park on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013.

The bomb squad was in the area of the finish line of the city's marathon, which this year takes place next Monday, investigating a call about the luggage left behind.

A witness told AFP that a young man in his 20s, dressed in black and wearing a backpack, was being questioned by police in the northeastern city.

The suspect insisted that he was a university student at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, according to the witness.

Boston earlier paid solemn tribute to the victims and survivors of the April 15, 2013 marathon bombings, observing a moment of silence and raising the US flag exactly one year after the attacks.

- Sapa

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