Boston Bombing News Timeline


US World & News Report

Bomb Experts Offer Analysis Based on Details from Boston Marathon Explosions

04/15/2013 - 04/16/2013

The explosions at the Boston Marathon on Monday were likely caused by high-power black powder explosives, bomb experts tell U.S. News, and at least one of them was likely shaped in a pipe bomb.

Obama Vows Resilience, Justice in Face of Boston Marathon Bombing

04/18/2013 - 04/19/2013
In a defiant and poignant speech during an interfaith service honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, President Barack Obama delivered a love-letter to the city and promised justice for the perpetrators.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Charged With Using Weapon of Mass Destruction

04/22/2013 - 04/23/2013

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was charged Monday with "use of a weapon of mass destruction" and "malicious destruction of property resulting in death" in connection with the April 15 bomb attacks.

Report: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Confessed to Boston Bombing

04/23/2013 - 04/24/2013

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, confessed Sunday to participating with his older brother Tamerlan in the April 15 Boston Marathon bomb attacks that killed three people, a law enforcement source told the Boston Globe.

Boston Bombing Calls for Justice Under the Law

04/24/2013 - 04/25/2013

The rush by some to declare the surviving Boston bombing suspect an "enemy combatant," subject to indefinite detention without trial in a civilian court, represents a misunderstanding of the law. Such a declaration would abuse the carefully constructed legal framework built in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Russian Forces Raid Extremists With Boston Bombing Link

04/29/2013 - 04/30/2013

Russian special operations troops shot and killed two militants this weekend in the Caucusus region of Dagestan, a hub of Islamic extremism where the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing had family ties.

3 more bombing suspects arrested

05/01/2013 - 05/02/2013

The Boston Police Department revealed Wednesday morning that three additional suspects in the April 15 Boston Marathon bomb attacks have been arrested.

Tsarnaev Scuffle: Cemeteries Uninterested in Boston Bomber

05/06/2013 - 05/07/2013

The body of alleged Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, remains at Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Parlor in Worcester, Mass., and the funeral home's director is telling news outlets that he seems to be stuck with the corpse.

How Bostonians Can Rise Above

05/08/2013 - 05/09/2013

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, dead for more than two weeks now, still sits in a funeral home in Massachusetts. Until recently, no one would claim his body. Tamerlan, known as suspect #1 in the Boston bombings, died after a shootout with the police.

Where is Tamerlan Tsarnaev buried?

05/09/2013 - 05/10/2013

The body of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a non-disclosed location Wednesday evening.

BBC News

Boston Marathon hit by deadly twin explosions

04/15/2013 - 04/16/2013

At least three people have been killed and more than 100 injured, some seriously, in two explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Boston Marathon ‘bombing suspect’ seen on video

04/18/2013 - 04/19/2013

Officials investigating the Boston Marathon bombings say they have found images of a potential suspect from surveillance camera footage.

Major police operation in Boston area after shooting

04/19/2013 - 04/20/2013

A major police operation is under way in a town outside Boston following the fatal shooting of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge.

Boston Marathon bombing: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged

04/22/2013 - 04/23/2013

The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction, the US Department of Justice says.

Q&A: Possible FBI failings in Boston bombing

04/23/2013 - 04/24/2013

Senior Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials are to face tough questions in Congress on Tuesday about the Boston Marathon bombing, in which three people died and scores were injured.

Boston bombs: Memorial for slain officer Sean Collier

04/24/2013 - 04/25/2013

Thousands of mourners have held a memorial for a university police officer killed during the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

Boston suspects ‘targeted New York’s Times Square’

04/25/2013 - 04/26/2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said the Boston Marathon bombing suspects planned to detonate the rest of their explosives in Times Square.

Key figures in the Boston Marathon bombing case

05/02/2013 - 05/03/2013
The Boston Marathon bombings is an unusually complex case, involving two main suspects and their relatives on two continents and hundred of investigators.

Burial wrangle for Boston suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev

05/04/2013 - 05/05/2013

The search is on for a cemetery to bury Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev as protesters picket the funeral home holding his body.

Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev burried

05/09/2013 - 05/10/2013

Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried at an undisclosed location, Massachusetts police say.


What we know about the Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath

04/15/2013 - 04/16/2013

CNN) -- New developments:
-- The third victim is identified as a Chinese national who was a graduate student at Boston University. China's consulate in New York said the student's name was not made public at her family's request. When the explosions occurred, the victim was watching the race near the finish line with two other students -- one of whom is in stable condition at Boston Medical Center after two surgeries each of the past two days, while the other emerged unharmed.

Boston Marathon bombing heroes: Running to help

04/16/2013 - 04/17/2013

(CNN) -- "Moments like these, terrible as they are, don't show our weakness; they show our strength." These words were spoken by Suffolk County, Massachusetts, District Attorney Dan Conley after Monday's terror attack in Boston.

Key developments in Boston bombings investigation

04/20/2013 - 04/21/2013

(CNN) -- The hours since the FBI released images of the two men suspected in this week's Boston Marathon bombings have been rife with new developments in the case. Among them:

Boston bombing suspects planned Times Square attack, Bloomberg says

04/25/2013 - 04/26/2013

CNN) -- Days after allegedly causing death and devastation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, two brothers "spontaneously" decided to head to a new place to unleash terror -- New York City -- that city's mayor said.

Boston bombing suspect moved to prison

04/26/2013 - 04/27/2013

CNN's Miguel Marquez on reports that Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved to a prison hospital.

Here's the latest on the Boston Marathon bombings

05/02/2013 - 05/03/2013

Boston (CNN) -- Here are the most recent developments in the investigation into the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings:
New developments:
-- The bombs used in the Boston Marathon attack were built in the apartment that suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev shared with his wife and child, a U.S. law enforcement official with first-hand knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Thursday. The official was not authorized to release the information.

Second autopsy awaits Boston bombing suspect

05/04/2013 - 05/05/2013

(CNN) -- For nearly two weeks, Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body lay unclaimed at the Boston medical examiner's office. A funeral home now has the remains and a quest is underway to find him a resting place in Massachusetts.

Suspect: Boston bombing was payback for hits on Muslims

05/16/2013 - 05/17/2013

(CNN) -- Boston Marathon bombing victims were collateral damage in a strike meant as payback for U.S. wars in Muslim lands, the surviving suspect wrote in a message scribbled on the boat where he was found hiding, a law enforcement source told CNN Thursday.

Suspect: Boston bombing was payback for hits on Muslims

05/17/2013 - 05/18/2013

(CNN) -- Boston Marathon bombing victims were collateral damage in a strike meant as payback for U.S. wars in Muslim lands, the surviving suspect wrote in a message scribbled on the boat where he was found hiding, a law enforcement source told CNN Thursday.

Request to photograph Boston bombing suspect denied

05/18/2013 - 05/19/2013

CNN) -- A federal magistrate has refused a request from lawyers for the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect that would allow them to take "current and periodic" photographs of him, which would have been kept from the government.

LA Times

Timeline: The Boston Marathon bombing, manhunt and investigation

April 15, 2013 - April 16, 2013

(CNN) -- After twin blasts shook Boston -- killing three and wounding more than 260 others -- investigators sprung into action looking for those responsible.

Police tell of showdown with Boston bombing suspects

04/20/2013 - 04/21/2013

BOSTON — The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings remained under heavy guard in a hospital Saturday, with an injury to his neck complicating how he would be interrogated and held for trial.

New bombing details emerge as Boston pauses in remembrance

04/22/2013 - 04/23/2013

BOSTON – The nation stopped to remember the tragic events that began a week ago with twin explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon as prosecutors charged a suspect in his hospital room with using a weapon of mass destruction in the attack

Boston bombing: Lawmakers say Tsarnaevs might have had help

04/28/2013 - 04/29/2013

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders briefed on the FBI’s investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing said Sunday it was still possible that the two Tsarnaev brothers received help and support from others in building the bombs and carrying out the lethal attack.

Investigators cast wider net in Boston bombings

04/29/2013 - 04/30/2013

WASHINGTON — The FBI has found female DNA on at least one of the two homemade bombs detonated during the Boston Marathon on April 15, complicating the task of identifying how and where the deadly devices were constructed.

Officials to review intelligence on Boston bombings

04/30/2013 - 05/01/2013

WASHINGTON – The CIA, Justice Department and Homeland Security Department have launched a high level internal review of whether intelligence was mishandled prior to the bombings of the Boston Marathon, officials said.

'Lol,' Boston bombing suspect texted friends as their suspicions grew

05/01/2013 - 05/02/2013

On Thursday, April 18, when the images of Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan were spread all over the news, his fellow students at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth began calling one another, the FBI says in a new affidavit.,0,6833938.story

Intelligence report identified vulnerability before Boston bombing

05/09/2013 - 05/10/2013

WASHINGTON -- Five days before two bombs tore through crowds at the Boston Marathon, an intelligence report identified the finish line of the race as an "area of increased vulnerability" and warned Boston police that extremists may use "small scale bombings" to attack spectators and runners at the event.

Boston bombing: Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body is finally laid to rest

05/09/2013 - 05/10/2013

The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died after a gun battle with police, has found its final resting place, ending more than a week of confusion and anger about how to deal with the remains of the suspected Boston Marathon bomber.
Police in Worcester, Mass., where the body has been in a funeral home, announced that the issue of where the body should be buried has been resolved.

FBI chief concedes lapses on accused Boston bomber

05/16/2013 - 05/17/2013

WASHINGTON — The head of the FBI said Thursday that there were lapses in tracking accused Boston bomberTamerlan Tsarnaev's visit to Russia last year, saying that U.S. security officials failed to act on "text" alerts to a U.S. Customs agent about his trip.