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Marathon bombing: Manhunt has Boston under lockdown. How long can it last?

Residents of Boston and several surrounding communities were instructed to 'shelter in place' Friday during a sprawling manhunt for one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. 

By Staff writer / April 19, 2013

SWAT officers from suburban communities aid Boston police officers in keeping guard at the nearly deserted South Station area of Boston, Ma., Friday, as the manhunt continues for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Major sections of Boston and surrounding communities were under a sprawling and possibly unprecedented police lockdown Friday morning amid a massive urban manhunt for one of the two identified suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Public transportation systems were shut down, and authorities, including Gov. Deval Patrick, urged residents of Boston – and the close neighboring communities of Newton, Watertown, Waltham, Cambridge, and Belmont – to “shelter in place,” requesting that they keep doors locked and stay indoors. Before noon, Boston's Logan Airport was reported open and cab service had been allowed to resume.

"We’ve got every asset we can possibly muster on the ground right now," the governor told reporters at an impromptu media briefing Friday morning.

The bomb suspect on the run has been identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old of Chechen descent who has lived for several years in Cambridge, according to reports by the Associated Press. The dead suspect is his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, identified by the FBI as Suspect One when the brothers’ photos were released to the public on Thursday.

The pair had been on the run following the release of the photos. Suspect One wore a dark cap, Suspect Two a white one in a video of the pair walking along the sidewalk near the marathon finish line.

Beginning late Thursday evening and in the early morning hours Friday the Tsarnaev brothers were involved in a series of violent exchanges that left an MIT police officer dead and an transit police officer wounded. Ten police officers were being evaluated after being hurt by what The Boston Globe reported were grenades thrown from a car window during a chase.

With the manhunt for Dzhokhar in full swing, the Boston area was  eerily quiet, with minimal activity and traffic.

“We believe these are the same individuals that were responsible for the bombing Monday at the marathon,’’ Col. Timothy Alben, State Police commander said. “We believe that they are responsible for the death of an MIT police officer and the shooting of an MBTA police officer. This is a very serious situation that we are dealing with.’’

Harvard, Boston University, MIT, Boston College, Suffolk, and Northeastern University were reported to have closed for the day. At the same time, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Administration (MBTA) announced a sudden closure Friday morning that left people stuck at transit stations across the metropolitan area. Highways were clogged with commuters unable to get into the city. University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar was a student, was evacuated and searched by bomb squads.


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