Manhunt for Bombers Focuses on Two Men

Investigators said the men were recorded walking on Boylston Street and they encouraged anyone who had been at the Forum Restaurant, near the second blast site, to contact the FBI in the hopes they might be able to provide even a small scrap of new information that would help them find the men.

The faces of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects came into fuzzy view Thursday as the Federal Bureau of Investigation released photos and videos of two men carrying backpacks near the scene of the deadly attacks.

The FBI, seeking a quick resolution to one of the nation’s biggest terror attacks since Sept. 11, 2001, urged the public to come forward with tips about the two men, who were described as the principal focus of the investigation. The two were seen together and then separately, with one putting a bag down at the spot where the second of two blasts went off Monday, the FBI said. The bombs killed three people and injured more than 175.

Richard DesLauriers, chief of the FBI’s Boston office, said people should consider the men “armed and extremely dangerous.” He added, “No one should approach them, no one should attempt to apprehend them except law enforcement.”

The release of the videos and photos reflects both significant progress in the investigation—finding the images amid hundreds of hours of surveillance-camera and other video—and an acknowledgment that the high-tech tools at the FBI’s disposal weren’t enough to immediately identify the two men.


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