An expansive investigation narrowed into a focused manhunt Thursday as the FBI released photos and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and appealed for the public’s help in their capture.
Bloomberg reports that the video, taken near the finish line where two improvised bombs exploded on April 15, shows the men - one in a white cap and the other in a black cap - keeping a careful distance from each other as they walk down a Boston street packed with a celebratory crowd.
“Though it may be difficult, the nation is counting on those with information to come forward and provide it to us,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers said yesterday at a briefing in Boston. “Identifying and locating those responsible is now our highest priority.”
The decision to distribute the photos and video came after an intense internal debate within the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to law-enforcement officials who asked for anonymity to discuss the case. Agents weighed whether releasing the images might impede the inquiry by tipping off the suspects and flooding the agency with dead-end tips.
The authorities finally concluded the release would shake free fresh leads in an investigation involving more than 1,000 law-enforcement personnel.
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